CE mark, CE marking
(European Union) CE is the acronym for the French words “Conformité Européene” (European Conformity).
The “CE mark” is a symbol printed on a product or product label by its manufacturer or importer declaring compliance with the requirements of approximately 22 European Union “CE Marking Directives” related to health, safety and environmental protection.
Individual Product Directives contain the “essential requirements,” “performance levels” and/or “Harmonized Standards” to which the products must conform.
Harmonized Standards are technical specifications established by various European standards organizations such as the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) and the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC).
CE marking on a product is a legal requirement for its introduction, sale and free movement within the European Union. Therefore, the CE mark is important for manufacturers and importers wishing to place products in the European market.
The term “CE mark” was originally “EC mark” but was changed in 1993 to CE mark. “CE Mark” is still in use, but it is no longer the official term.
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