‘CE’ is an administrative marking that stands for ‘Conformité Européenne’ and is European based standard that indicates conformity with environmental, health and safety standards of the products sold in EEA (European Economic Area) or the products manufactured according to EEA standards and may be sold outside the European Economic Area.
The benefit of such marking is that the consumers outside the EEA are now familiar with the CE marking making them recognized worldwide. Like FCC Declaration of Conformity in the United State, CE markings are for the European Economic Area. Any manufacturer desiring to sell its products in the European community would have to ensure that the product meet the CE compliance for the European market. European market is such a wide market over a population of 500 million. CE marking indicates that the said product is free from any health hazards and safety issues. These marking is conferred to the manufacturers of various items including electronics. These markings are the declaration of the manufacturer that the product is as per the EU standards of health, safety and environmental protection.
Earlier, CE certification was limited to sale of electronics items only within the EEA (European Economic Area). But with the passage of time, these CE markings have been extending its footprint in the rest of the world. Though CE marking indicate the product is meeting the health, safety and environmental standards of EU, it can never be considered as a benchmark of quality for these electronic products. These said marks consists of the logo of CE and if applicable, the identification number of the identified body involved in assessment procedure of the conformity.
These CE are placed on various categories of products and are mandatory for machinery, electronic and electrical equipment’s, hazardous location equipment’s, medical devices and many other products. Any manufacturer desiring to sell electronics product in EU will require to apply for a CE mark.
Some products are subject to several EU requirements at the same time. Further, the manufacturer will be required to ensure the product compliances with the relevant requirements to proceed further in affixing of CE marking to it. The products which do not require the affixing of CE marking or for the products for which EU specification does not exist, it is forbidden for those products to affix the CE markings.