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CE Marking Directives

Products that need CE marking

CE marking is mandatory, but only for those products which are covered by the scope of one or more of the New Approach Directives.

Even if your product is manufactured outside the EEA, you must ensure the product bears CE marking if your product comes under the scope of a directive requiring CE Marking. Not all products sold in the EU need to bear CE marking.

CE marking applies to products, ranging from electrical equipment to toys and from civil explosives to medical devices. The full list of these product categories is below:

· active implantable medical devices

· appliances burning gaseous fuels

· cableway installations designed to carry persons

· eco-design of energy related products

· electromagnetic compatibility

· equipment and protective systems intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres

· explosives for civil uses

· hot-water boilers

· household refrigerators and freezers

· in vitro diagnostic medical devices

· lifts

· low voltage

· machinery

· measuring instruments

· medical devices

· noise emission in the environment

· non-automatic weighing instruments

· personal protective equipment

· pressure equipment

· pyrotechnics

· radio and telecommunications terminal equipment

· recreational craft

· safety of toys

· simple pressure vessels

The CE marking is not required for items, for example:

· chemicals

· pharmaceuticals

· cosmetics and foodstuffs

For detailed information about the CE Marking Directives use the tab mark CE Directives at the top of the page

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