This section of our web site focuses on the application of harmonized standards for the presumption of conformity with applicable directives.
If you're looking for information specific to testing for compliance with a given directive, for a particular product type, or for a known specification, in pursuit of CE marking, please visit our Product Testing section.
What is CE marking and why is the CE mark needed
The CE mark enables the free movement of products into and within the European market.
By placing a CE mark on a product the manufacturer is declaring, on their sole responsibility, that the product conforms to all legal requirements to achieve CE marking.
Prior to placing the product on the European market, a manufacturer performs an assessment of the product against all applicable EU Directives, and verifies compliance with the relevant essential requirements.
Not all products require the CE mark, only products subject to specific directives must bear the CE mark.
Download a copy of the CE marking brochure
Background on EU directives in general
see the "Blue Guide"
European Commission reference documents "single market for goods".
Publication of titles and references of harmonized standards
These documents contain lists of harmonized standards, as well as guidance documents publishedin the Official Journal of the European Union or by the European Commission. Please note, documents are not maintained by Compatible Electronics but rather are provided here for your convenience. The original documents can be found at http://europa.eu.int/
EMC Directive - 2004/108/EC (From
July 20, 2007)
Note, EMC Directive - 89/336/EEC repealed July 20, 2007 (DOW July 20, 2009)
Guide for the EMC Directive 2004/108/EC - (pdf 340KB)
EMC Quick Guide April 2009 - (pdf 54KB)
R&TTE Directive (Radio and Telecommunication Equipment) - 1999/5/EC
Guide to the R&TTE Directive 1999/5/EC - (pdf 606KB)
Harmonised frequency bands, technical parameters for SRD - 07/01/10 (793KB)
List of ETSI 301 489 EMC standards - (pdf 22KB)
Low Voltage Directive - 73/23/EEC * 2006/95/EC
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