Technical White Papers: What’s the CE Mark?

January 17, 2018 | Category: CE Marks, UL Approved

The CE Mark is a requirement for products sold to the European Market.

The CE Mark identifies a product as complying with the health and safety requirements spelled out in the European legislation (Directives) and is mandatory for equipment operating in the European Union (EU).

Once the CE Mark is properly affixed to your product, it can circulate freely throughout the European Union countries.

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The letters “CE” are the abbreviation of French phrase “Conformité Européene” which literally means “European Conformity.” The term initially used was “EC Mark” and it was officially replaced by “CE Marking” in the Directive 93/68/EEC in 1993. “CE Marking” is now used in all EU official documents.
The CE marking is also found on products sold outside the EEA that are manufactured in, or designed to be sold in, the EEA.
The CE marking is the manufacturer’s declaration that the product meets the requirements of the applicable EC directives.  By affixing the CE marking on a product, a manufacturer is declaring, at its sole responsibility, conformity with all of the legal requirements to achieve CE marking which allows free movement and sale of the product throughout the European Economic Area. (See wiki).
The CE Mark does not reflect any level of quality or any particular forms of testing or certification. It should not be confused with third-party certification marks like CSA, UL, or IPxx.