Most all products must be assessed for conformity by either the manufacturer or an accredited body and bear the CE marking before entry into the EU. CE marking, an acronym for the French "Conformité Européenne", is since 1993 a key indicator of a product’s compliance with EU legislation regarding safety, health and environmental protection. . The term CE mark was changed to CE Marking in the New Approach Directives.
This symbol is not a registered mark, in fact it is a declaration for the inspectors (i.e., customs) and allows the product to be "placed on the market.’’ It symbolizes that the person affixing the CE marking has verified that the product conforms to all the Community provisions and has been subjected to the appropriate evaluation procedure.
The CE logo ensures the free movement for products within the European Economic Area (EEA), consisting of the 27 member states of the EU and European Free Trade Association countries Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. This mark certifies that a product protects consumer safety by meeting minimum European Union expectations for health, safety, and environmental requirements.
CE Marking is a legislative requirement. It is not a mark of safety, nor a mark of quality, and has never been intended as a mark for consumers. It is directed at market surveillance authorities and customs authorities. It should not continue to be a marking able to confuse and mislead consumers.
EU standards are being drafted by three European Standards Organisations: CEN, CENELEC and ETSI. Besides, all EU Member States have their own national standardisation bodies which adopt European standards. You can buy the standards from these national bodies.
Products that are subject to CE marking as the result of various European Council Directives include :
The following list clearly states what the CE marking is and is not :
‘’As a designer and user of European electronic products, you should be aware that a product's CE marking does not imply a particular level of quality, it simply indicates that a product conforms to relevant European directives and standards.’’