The Directive

The CE Marking Directive 93/68/EEC was adopted on July 22, 1993 and its purpose being to introduce a harmonized set of rules relating to the affixing and use of CE marking.

The letters “CE” are the abbreviation of French phrase “Conformité Européene” which literally means “European Conformity”.

CE Marking on a product is a manufacturer’s declaration that the product complies with the essential requirements of the relevant European health, safety and environmental protection legislations in practice by many of the so-called product directives.

It proves to the buyer or user that this product fulfills all essential safety and environmental requirements as they are defined in the so-called European Directives.

The CE Marking Directive gives a detailed description of the initials CE and any other marks specific to a particular directive and the ways conformity may be acquired.

Products meeting the requirements of all appropriate directives must carry the CE mark. It may not be smaller than 5mm in its vertical height and the proportions should be maintained whatever its size. The grid does not form part of the marking. It is for information only. It should be noted that the C and the E are not formed by perfect semicircles.

The manufacturer needs to:

  • Be European
  • Have an official department in the European Community
  • Have an official agent or representative that is willing to share the liability for the CE marking and hold the Declaration of Conformity.

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