Certain products in the EU require a CE marking according to EU directives. Manufacturers in the EU who produce products requiring CE marking must comply with the requirements of the relevant EU directives. There are products that are simultaneously subject to several EU directives requiring CE marking. These products must meet the requirements of all corresponding EU directives. Manufacturers must carry out the appropriate CE conformity assessment procedures and affix a CE marking.
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How is CE marking in accordance with EU directives carried out?
The manufacturer may affix the CE marking on his own responsibility.
By affixing the CE marking, the manufacturer confirms that his product meets all the required health and safety requirements of the respective EU directive. The CE marking is the prerequisite for the manufacturer to be allowed to place his product on the market in the European Economic Area EEA, i.e. in the EU as well as in Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and in the participating states Switzerland and Turkey. However, the manufacturer may only affix the CE marking to products for which a CE marking is required by EU directives. These are, for example, machines, electrical goods, lifts, medical devices, toys and personal protective equipment. The relevant EU directives specifically regulate which requirements which product must meet for CE marking. Before the manufacturer affixes the CE mark, he must carry out the conformity assessment procedure required for his product. In the event of misuse or missing CE marking, the manufacturer is threatened with legal consequences. The CE marking must be affixed in accordance with the regulations.
For more information on CE markings according to EU directives, please visit the website of the European Commission.
What does CE marking according to EU regulations mean?
The EU is gradually replacing many directives with regulations. The regulations apply directly throughout the EU or the European Economic Area from the date of their publication in the Official Journal of the EU. In principle, the regulations are adapted to the state of the art and the requirements for market surveillance.
Example: The Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC will be replaced from January 20, 2027 by the EU Machinery Regulation, Regulation (EU) 2023/1230 on machinery.