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CE Directives & Standards

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CE Check is a digital CE marking service provider and can help you identify all CE directives necessary for your product’s CE compliance in 5 minutes. All you will have to do is to answer a few questions about your product’s details, and then press the button for finding applicable CE directives. You won’t have to waste time on going through each directive separately, as CE Check will do it automatically for you. Alongside, you will also be able to find all correct standards and be ready to continue with the CE marking process of your product.

With the CE Check service, you will save at least 2 weeks in waiting for the legal consultant to tell you all about your product’s CE marking requirements. By trusting CE Check, you will have all the information required for your CE marking in no more than 30 minutes. Have a look at our videos below to see how our system works.

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If you want to know more about what the CE directives and standards are, read below.


Identify CE Directives


Identifying the applicable directives for your product is the most crucial step in the entire CE marking process. It’s the step where you find out if your product needs to be CE marked. To do so, you need to check if your product falls under any of the 24 CE directives. In case your product does fall under one or more of the CE directives, then it means that you need to CE mark it. To determine which directives apply to your product, you may want to start by answering the following questions:

  • Who will use the product?
  • What are the conditions for installing/using the product?
  • What is the intended use of the product? Is it for home or industrial/agricultural use?
  • Where do you plan to sell your product? (Some EU countries still have certain national stipulations)


However, it might seem easy to determine whether any CE Directive applies to your product or not, but it’s more difficult than you think. Let’s look at the following examples.


Example 1:

You are a manufacturer of luggage inspection equipment with a conveyer belt. On a first look, after looking at all CE directives below, you would see that it might need to comply with several directives. But to know exactly which ones, you will have to go through all of them. And this is the tricky part because usually each CE directive is long pages and written in a particular legal way. So, what will happen? Well, you will give up on the 2nd or 3rd page of the first CE directive which you start checking.

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Example 2:

You’re a manufacturer of a waste disposer that could be CE marked against either the LVD or the Machinery Directive. Well, here it’s good to tell you that you may not be able to CE mark your product against the two security directives at once. What you will have to do is to CE mark it for the most suitable CE directive. But how can you know which one is more suitable? Well, if you are not a specialist in European Regulatory framework and/or CE marking, you cannot.

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In addition to all above, there are several other directives you, as a manufacturer, may need to consider. They often concern environmental and sustainability issues. For instance, such directives are WEEE, REACH, Batteries Directive, and the Packaging Directive.


CE Directives covered by our service


At the moment, our service covers most of the major CE marking directives (see below), and their scope is constantly being upgraded with new directives, features, and services.

  • Radio Equipment Directive (RED) – 2014/53/EU
  • Low Voltage Directive (LVD) – 2014/35/EU
  • Electromagnetic Compatibility Directive (EMC) – 2014/35/EU
  • Medical Devices Directive (MDD) – 2007/47/EC
  • Active implantable devices directive (AIMD) – 90/385/EEC
  • In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices Directive (INVMD) – 98/79/EC
  • Machine Directive (MD) – 2006/42/EC
  • Restriction of the use of certain Hazardous Substances (RoHS) – 2006/42/EC
  • Directive on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) – 2012/19/EU
  • Batteries directive (BATTERY) – 2006/66/EC
  • Equipment for potentially explosive atmospheres (ATEX) – 2014/34/EU
  • EcoDesign Requirements for Energy-Related Products (ECODESIGN) – 2009/125/EC
  • Directive on Labelling of Energy-Related Products (LERP) – 2010/30/EU
  • Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive (WASTE) – 2015/720
  • General Product Safety Directive (GPSD) – 2001/95/EC
  • Personal Protective Equipment Directive (PPE) – 2016/425/EU (read more»)
  • Toy Safety Directive (TOY) – 2009/48/EC
  • Directive on Explosives for Civil Use (ECU) – 2014/28/EU
  • Pyrotechnic Articles Directive (PTA) – 2013/29/EU
  • Measuring Instruments Directive (MID) – 2014/32/EU
  • Non-automatic Weighing Instruments Directive (NAWI) – 2014/31/EU
  • Cableway Installations Regulation (CWI) – 2016/424
  • Directive on Lifts and Safety Components for Lifts (LIFTS) – 2014/33/EU
  • Simple Pressure Vessels Directive (SPVD) – 2014/29/EU


Identify CE Standards


Once you’ve identified which CE directives apply to your product, it’s your responsibility as a manufacturer or an importer to prove that the product meets the requirements of these directives. Therefore, you need to identify them. However, the requirements are very general, often very vague, and leaving lots of room for technical interpretation. They don’t specify how to design your product, so you couldn’t quickly identify and comply with them.

The easiest way to identify the essential requirements is by following the Harmonised Standards. They are derived from the CE directives and will help you comply with the necessary requirements and technical specifications. When your product meets the relevant requirements in a Harmonised Standard, it’s granted its presumption of conformity with the adequate CE directives. Except for relying on the Harmonised standards, you could demonstrate your product’s CE compliance with the essential requirements in the CE directives by using other standards. However, this doesn’t apply to construction products’ regulation because the use of harmonised standards is mandatory for them.

Using the standards as a foundation for ensuring your product’s compliance with the CE directives is not compulsory, but it’s the most comfortable way. They will help you avoid any potential technical disputes regarding your product’s CE compliance.