What is CE marking?
CE marking is the European Union’s solution to the problem of technical barriers to trade with and within the EU. The CE mark is surprisingly not a trade mark nor a sign of quality. It is simply the means that manufacturers use to demonstrate that they have met all their obligations under the relevant European laws for their products. These laws are ratified by the European Parliament and written into what are know as EC Directives. These Directives set down the basic safety requirements (or requirements for general well-being) that products placed on the market must satisfy.
No detailed technical requirements are set down in the Directives and the function of standards is separate from what are known as the “essential protection requirements” of the Directives. Standards support the Directives acting as a source for design and development. They also act as the basis by which manufacturers can demonstrate that they have met the essential protection requirements of the relevant Directives.