CE Marking Directives
There are over 20 pieces of CE marking Legislation (Directives & Regulations) and if one or more applies to your product, then it is a legal requirement (in most cases) to CE mark it.
Which Legislation applies to my Product?
Each Legislation (Directive or Regulation) has a scope, which describes in detail the types of products to which it applies. The scope is often open to interpretation which can create confusion for manufacturers who are trying to decide if a particular Directive or Regulation applies to their product. To further complicate matters, there are often overlaps with other legislation and specific exclusions for some product types. For example, a mains powered electrical appliance that falls within the scope of the EMC and Low Voltage Directives would be excluded from the scope of these Directives if the appliance is to be declared in compliance with the Medical Devices Directive.
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The CE Marking Legislation:
- Low Voltage Directive (LVD)
- Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC)
- Radio Equipment Directive (RED)
- Noise Emissions for Outdoor Equipment
- Pressure Equipment
- Simple Pressure Vessels
- Medical Devices
- Active Implantable Medical Devices
- In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices
- The Eco-design of Energy related Products (ErP)
- Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS)
- Appliances Burning Gaseous Fuels
- Efficiency requirements for hot-water boilers
- Equipment for use in Explosive Atmospheres (ATEX)
- Recreational Craft
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- Construction Products
- Pyrotechnical Articles
- Explosives for Civil Uses
- Cableway Installations
- Measuring Instruments
- Non-automatic Weighing Instruments
What if no CE Marking Legislation applies?
My product does not fall within the scope of any of the above Directives; do I still need to CE mark my product?
No! It is illegal to incorrectly CE mark your product, or to do so when the product does not fall within the scope of any of the Directives listed above, however, there are many other European product compliance Directives that may apply to your product that you may need to meet, some of which have their own individual marking requirements.
Other related Legislation
There are many other Directives, Regulations or EU commission Decisions that are closely related to CE Marking and European product compliance such as; the General Product Safety Directive, the WEEE Directive (WEEE symbol, pictured right), and the Batteries and Accumulators (and Waste Batteries and Accumulators) Directive to name but a few. Some of these Directives/Regulations are mandatory, whilst others are not, depending on several factors.