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CE marking – 20 things you need to know

CE marking – 20 things you need to know

CE marking – 20 things you need to know

Placed on several categories of products, CE marking is mandatory for machinery, electrical and electronic equipment, medical devices, personal protective equipment and toys.

So if you are looking to sell an electronics product in the EU, you will need to affix a CE mark.

Here’s a quick round up of interesting facts about CE marking:

  1. CE marking is a self-declaration where a manufacturer proves compliance with EU health, safety and environmental protection legislation and confirms a product’s compliance with relevant requirements
  2. CE is Conformité Européenne (French) which means European conformity
  3. With a CE mark, your product can be sold in the EU and in some other countries, including Turkey
  4. CE directives affect manufacturers, importers and distributors/retailers, though a manufacturer is responsible for acquiring the CE mark
  5. There are six steps to CE marking – identify the relevant directives and standards, verify the product’s specific requirements, identify whether an independent conformity assessment is necessary, test product, draw up technical documentation, add CE marking to the product
  6. CE marking is not evidence of compliance – your technical documentation/technical file is
  7. A Declaration of Conformity is a legal claim that products comply with applicable Directives and standards, though it is not evidence of compliance
  8. There are a number of CE Marking Directives including Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC), Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (R&TTE) and  Low Voltage (LV)
  9. Common testing for compliance include tests for radiated emissions, conducted emissions and telecommunications port emissions
  10. CE marking has nothing to do with product quality
  11. CE marking is mandatory for those products it applies to
  12. Ofcom, the Trading Standards Institute and the National Measurement Office (in the UK) are able to enforce CE marking, ban a product from sale, and instigate fines for non-compliance
  13. Unsafe products are shared in the EU via RAPEX – a rapid alert system on measures taken to prevent or restrict the marketing or use of products posing a serious risk to the health and safety of consumers
  14. There is a very similar logo where the CE stands for Chinese Export or China Export – this has nothing to do with European conformity
  15. The size of the CE mark must be at least 5 mm high
  16. If the appearance and workmanship of a product do not allow for the CE marking to be affixed on the product itself, the marking has to be affixed to its packaging or accompanying documents
  17. Earlier this year the European Commission released the latest listing titles and references for the harmonised standards used to demonstrate conformity with the current EU EMC Directive 2004/108/EC
  18. New R&TTE requirements started on 1 January 2015 (In that any device with any form or radio (receiver or transmitter) is subject to R&TTE)
  19. EMC and R&TTE testing is usually done at the end of product development
  20. Early EMC and R&TTE testing can reduce product development cost and reduce time to market

We recently expanded our electronics design capabilities by investing in a testing chamber, and launching an early EMC testing service.

As one of the few electronics design consultancies to have a chamber, ByteSnap Design’s EMC testing service enables it to identify and fix any issues prior to external testing – so de-risking a project and resulting in significant cost and time savings over a project lifetime.