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CE marking Electrical Equipment (LVD 2014/35/EU)

The Low Voltage Directive 2014/35/EU (prior: 2006/95/EC)

Many electrical products that are daily-used must comply with essential health and safety requirements of the Low Voltage Directive 2014/35/EU. The Directive covers all electrical equipment with a voltage rating of between 50V and 1000V for alternative current and between 75V and 1500V for direct current. As with other CE Directive, this Directive applies, when electrical products are placed on the market. The electrical products must bear the CE marking to traded freely within the European Economic Area (EEA).

By affixing the CE marking on electrical product the manufacturer or the importer ensure that the product comply with the safety requirements of the Low Voltage Directive 2014/35/EU.

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Examples of products that fall into the scope of the Low Voltage Directive 2014/35/EU and should follow a CE marking procedure include:

  • Lighting equipment (example, LED lamps);
  • Information technology equipment (example, computers, printers, etc.);
  • Household equipment (example, TV, washing machines, ovens, etc.);
  • Switching- and control equipment;
  • Measuring and control equipment for laboratory use.

How can Certification Company help you?

Certification Company performs comple CE marking for electrical equipment in accordance with the Low Voltage Directive 2014/35/EU. In addition to complete CE certification you can contact us for the following services:

  • Risk analysis in accordance with Low Voltage Directive;
  • Determination of the essential requirements and relevant product standards;
  • Product conformity testing on basis of national (NEN), European (EN) and international (IEC) standards; 
  • Compiling and verifying the Technical Files;
  • Drafting and checking the User Instructions;
  • Verifying and compiling an EU Declaration of Conformity;
  • Guidelines in affixing the CE marking on electrical equipment correctly;

Six steps for CE marking electrical equipment (LVD)

The Low Voltage Directive 2014/35/EU contains the legal obligations for each type of economic operators (manufacturer, importer, distributor). The following step-by-step plan has been drawn up for the manufacturer. 

  1. Product classificatiion: defining whether the product falls into the scope of Low Voltage Directive.
  2. Economic operator classification: defining the role of economic operator within the Low Voltage Directive
  3. Conformity procedure can be divided into the following parts:
    • Perform product testing and/or safety assessment based on European harmonized standards;
    • Draw up the procedures to ensure the conformity of series production;
    • Provide identification element of the product and the economic operator;
    • Provide instructions and safety information;
    • Develop procedures for taking corrective measures.
  4. Technical Files: drawing up the Technical Files (including User Manual) based on which the product conformity can be assessed.
  5. EU Declaration of Conformity: drafting the EU Declaration of Conformity and declaring that the product complies with the Low Voltage Directive (and harmonized standards).
  6. CE marking: affixing the CE marking in accordance with the Low Voltage Directive.

Is the CE marking mandatory for electrical equipment?

The CE marking is mandatory for electrical equipment that fall into the scope of Low Voltage Directive. For affixing the CE marking on electrical equipment, the EMC Directive and the RoHS Directive usually applies. The following product categories fall outside the scope of the Low Voltage Directive:

  • Electrical equipment for use in an explosive atmosphere (see the ATEX Directive);
  • Electrical equipment for radiology and medical purposes (see the Medical Devices Directive);
  • Eectrical parts for goods and passenger lifts;
  • Electricity meters;
  • Plugs and socket outlets for domestic use;
  • Electric fence controllers;
  • Radio-electrical interference;
  • Specialized electrical equipment, for use on ships, aircraft or railways, which complies with the safety provisions drawn up by international bodies in which the Member States participate;
  • Custom built evaluation kits destined for professionals to be used solely at research and development facilities for such purposes.

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