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CE Marking Nonsense

INSTRKTIV Blog - Law & Legislation

As I am always interested to read and hear more about CE marking, I ordered a book a few weeks ago.

The book is named 'Write it Yourself! CE Marking Documentation' by J. Peter Nowe. The title really grabbed me: by all means, CE Marking is a self-certification process so why not write it yourself?

The page directly after the title page, says the book is a guide for small and big companies to document their devices (electronics, Low Voltage Devices and Machinery) in compliance with the European Directives for CE Marking. The sounds even more awesome.

I started reading.

After a short description of what CE Marking actually is and what the benefits are, the author sums up the Directives that are referenced in the book:

  • Directive 2006/42/EC - Machinery
  • Directive 2004/108/EC - Electromagnetic Compatibility
  • Directive 2006/95/EC - Low Voltage Equipment

For the geeks: the second and third directives have been replaced by their 2014 successors! This makes the book completely useless!

Another story...

A week later, I was having a beer with someone being specialised in CE marking. While sipping our beers and chatting about this and that, the expert points at the glass. What I never understood, he says, is why there is a CE mark on certain glasses and why some glasses do not bear the CE mark.

I fell into silence.

I won't say that I know everything about CE marking, but I found it weird that I had to explain to him, that when a glass is used as a measuring instrument (e.g. a pint) the glass falls under the scope of the Measuring Instruments Directive.

CE Marking on a pint

 

 

There is a lot of incorrect and outdated information out there. Take care of the fake news!

 

ferry vermeulen

Ferry Vermeulen

Founder of INSTRKTIV and keen to help users become experts in the use of a product, and thus to contribute to a positive user experience. Eager to help organisations to reduce their product liability. Just loves cooking, travel, and music--especially electronic. You can also find him on:
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