When is CE marking required?


CE marking is required for a large number of products. Whether or not a CE marking must be affixed to a product of a specific product category, depends on the harmonisation legislation of the European Union providing for the affixing of the CE mark. Based on the harmonisation legislation all products that fall within the CE marking scope of the European Union must be CE marked when they are manufactured for the purpose of being sold, traded or (for some products) put into service or use within the EU. Without this marking these products are not allowed to be used or traded within the EU. There are a number of product categories that fall within this scope and are therefore required to be CE marked. For example:

  • Electrical devices
  • Toys;
  • Machinery;
  • Lifting appliances;
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

When is CE marking your product not required?

If your product falls outside the CE marking scope of the EU regulations, CE marking is not required. However, you can choose to voluntarily affix a CE marking as an indication that your product complies with the European legislation, e.g. on specific construction products.

Examining whether or not your product must be CE marked may be a complicated procedure, with which we are therefore happy to assist you.

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