For many people who have explored the world of CE marking, they are likely to have come across a very good guide about the implementation of Directives based upon the ‘New Approach.’ The guide was published by the European Commission and was an excellent source of knowledge, not only for the covering the basics, but also helping to tackle some of the grey areas. The guide had a blue front cover and became informally known as the ‘Blue Book’ or guide.
The only real down side about the guide was that it was well over 10 years old and was very out of date. For a start, the ‘New Approach’ has now been replaced by the ‘New Legislation Framework,’ but more importantly the Directives covered by the guide have also been replaced. However there is good news, as a the European Commission have now published a new version. Clearly the informal name of the old guide was very popular, as the new guide is titled “The ‘Blue Guide’ on the implementation of EU product rules.”
The guide has been thoroughly revised to reflect the current set of EU Product Legislation and even better, it is said that the guide will be kept in a fluid state to ensure that new information is continuously added to prevent there being another 14 year gap between updates. The guide is only available in electronic version, but can be downloaded for free at the following website address:
The New 2014 Blue Guide on EU Product Legislation: http://ec.europa.eu/DocsRoom/documents/4801/attachments/3/translations/en/renditions/native
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