What is the ce mark ?
The ce mark is the official marking required by the European Community for all Electrical and Electronic equipment (and others) that will be sold, or put into service for the first time, anywhere in the European community.
In return for fulfilling the CE marking requirements, the manufacturer or its agent gets the permission to cover the entire European market using only one approval procedure for the topics covered in the
The manufacturer needs:
Although the CE mark alone is sufficient to allow exporting to all EC member countries (currently 26 states) without having to fulfill any national regulations, their are some safety aspects that you need to be concerned with:
The application of the CE mark to your product must be founded on a Compliance Statement (Declaration of Conformity :: DoC) made up by the manufacturer or representative in the EC.
The ce mark must be adhered to the equipment when possible, and it's vertical height size must be 5 mm (0.2") or more.
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What is the role of private marks
Before the ce mark (1996) a number of private approval marks governed the national approval markets. Marks like KEMA TUV N F etcetera were official approval marks for electrical safety. Since the ce mark appeared these mark have no legal value anymore. The marks continue to be issued however, by tradition, ignorance or because of the need for enhanced test requirements, but always with the obligation for annual contribution and/or field inspections. These marks still have an important role in component certification.
None of these marks have a legal value, and all are completely voluntary. Some of these marks however, present a certain commercial value based on the earlier reputation. A few European earlier safety marks are listed below:
What is a ce test ?
A ce test is the range of tests and assessments needed to provide a presumption of compliance with the essential requirements of all applicable directives for a certain apparatus. The process is also called ce certification and finally a ce declaration (of conformity) can be obtained. The apparatus is then ce approved.
The approval is confirmed by adhering the ce symbol or ce mark to the exterior of the apparatus.
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