Quick Guide to CE Marking

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Quick Guide to CE Marking

A first approach to the CE Marking.

Be sure to check our frequently asked questions section.

CE marking is the evidence given by the manufacturer that your products are in compliance with the requirements set out in EU directives (commonly referred to as “New Approach Directives”) applicable to them.

Affixing the CE marking on a product allows its free movement within the European Economic Area (EEA)

The conformity assessment procedures of the products with the directive standards aim to ensure that the products placed on the market comply with the requirements expressed in the policies, in particular concerning the health and safety of users and consumers. Such compliance applies not only to the essential obligations, but also to the specific obligations laid down in the directives.

The conformity assessment is based on:

  • Activities developed by the manufacturer under the factory production control, including product design and development, where applicable
  • The activities carried out by third parties (typically a notified body), which may include, among others, initial type tests and approval of quality assurance or production system, in conjunction with the activities of the manufacturer in the factory production control


The CE marking must be affixed by the manufacturer or his authorised representative established within the Community and, exceptionally and with proper justification, by the person responsible for placing the product in the EU market.

CE marking is applicable to all products covered by at least one of the New Approach Directives.
Therefore, you must check if the product to be placed on the EEA market is within one of the directives that require CE marking. Below is the list of product categories by CE marking:

  • Gas appliances
  • Equipment and protective systems intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres
  • Pyrotechnic articles
  • Lifts
  • Hot-water boilers fired with liquid or gaseous fuels
  • Electromagnetic compatibility
  • Active implantable medical devices
  • Medical devices
  • Medical devices: in vitro diagnosis
  • Ecodesign and energy labelling
  • Recreational craft
  • Noise emissions
  • Low-voltage electrical equipment
  • Personal Protective Equipment – PPE
  • Radio communication and telecommunication terminal equipment
  • Pressure equipment
  • Explosives for civil use
  • Cableway installations designed to carry persons
  • Measuring instruments
  • Non-automatic weighing instruments
  • Construction products
  • Simple pressure vessels
  • Safety of machinery
  • Safety of toys


Products that do not require CE marking include:

  • Chemicals
  • Cosmetics
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Food


NOTE: Depending on the complexity of the products, official positions and clarifications are often published by competent authorities on the framework of a given product or family of products, for example, which are the metallic structures/components subject to CE marking under the construction products regulation. (Reg. EU 305/2011) in accordance with standard EN 1090-1.

CE marking is a requirement for products placed on the European Economic Area (EEA) market, regardless of where they are manufactured. The EEA consists of the European Union (EU) Member States on the one hand, and by three of the four countries of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) on the other – Liechtenstein, Iceland and Norway (called EEA-EFTA countries).

Germany Croatia Estonia Hungria Liechtenstein Poland Sweden
Austria Denmark Finland Ireland Lithuania Portugal
Belgium Slovakia France Iceland Luxembourg United Kingdom
Bulgaria Slovenia Greece Italy Malta Czech Republic
Cyprus Spain the Netherlands Latvia Norway Romania

The list of product categories covered by the CE marking are the following:

  • Gas appliances | Directive 2009/142/CE
  • Equipment and protective systems intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres | Directive 2014/34/UE
  • Pyrotechnic articles | Directive 2013/29/UE
  • Lifts | Directive 2014/33/UE
  • Hot-water boilers fired with liquid or gaseous fuels | Directive 92/42/CEE
  • Electromagnetic compatibility | Directive 2014/30/EU
  • Active implantable medical devices | Directive 90/385/CEE
  • Medical devices | Directive 93/42/CE
  • Medical devices: in vitro diagnosis| Directive 98/79/CE
  • Ecodesign and energy labelling | Directive 2009/125/CE
  • Recreational craft | Directive 2013/53/UE
  • Noise emissions | Directive 2000/14/CE
  • Low-voltage electrical equipment | Directive 2014/35/UE
  • Personal protective equipment – PPE | Directive 89/686/CE
  • Radio communication and telecommunication terminal equipment | Directive 2014/53/UE
  • Pressure equipment | Directive 2014/68/UE
  • Explosives for civil use | Directive 2014/28/UE
  • Cableway installations designed to carry persons | Directive 2000/9/CE
  • Measuring instruments | Directive 2014/32/EU
  • Non-automatic weighing instruments | Directive 2014/31/UE
  • Construction products | Regulation CE 305/2011


  • Simple pressure vessels |Directive 2014/29/CE


  • Restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment | Directive 2011/65/EU
  • Safety of machinery | Directive 2006/42/CE
  • Safety of toys | Directive 2009/48/CE

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