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CE Marking is the symbol  as shown on the top of this page. The letters "CE" are the abbreviation of French phrase "Conformité Européene" which literally means "European Conformity". The term initially used was "EC Mark" and it was officially replaced by "CE Marking" in the Directive 93/68/EEC in 1993. "CE Marking" is now used in all EU official documents.

"CE Mark" is also in use, but it is NOT the official term. For instance, in the Directive 2007/47/ec, of 5 September 2007, amending the directives 90/385/eec, 93/42/eec & 98/8/ec, the term CE Marking appears 9 times whereas CE Mark appears nowhere in the entire 35-page document.

1. CE Marking on a product is a manufacturer's declaration that the product complies with the essential requirements of the relevant European health, safety and environmental protection legislation, in practice by many of the so-called Product Directives.*

*Product Directives contains the "essential requirements" and/or "performance levels" and "Harmonized Standards" to which the products must conform. Harmonized Standards are the technical specifications (European Standards or Harmonization Documents) which are established by several European standards agencies (CEN, CENELEC, etc).

CEN stands for European Committee for Standardization.

CENELEC stands for European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization.

2. CE Marking on a product indicates to governmental officials that the product may be legally placed on the market in their country.

3. CE Marking on a product ensures the free movement of the product within the EFTA & European Union (EU) single market (total 28 countries), and

4. CE Marking on a product permits the withdrawal of the non-conforming products by customs and enforcement/vigilance authorities.

Along with more directives' becoming effective, more and more products are required to bear the CE Marking for gaining access to the EFTA & European Union market. The marking is mandatory for products sold not only within the 28 countries of the European Union (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom) but more generally within all countries of the European Economic Area (EEA) which also includes the 4 countries of the European Free Trade Area (EFTA: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, including Switzerland although it is not a member of the EEA), as well as within Turkey (as a result of the non-agricultural European Union-Turkey Customs Union). It is still not required within the countries members of the Central European Free Trade Agreement (CEFTA), although some of them (Macedonia, Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro) are official candidates for membership to the European Union, and are already adopting many of its standards within their legislation (like the most of the former Central European countries that were members of CEFTA before joining the EU).

In some other European countries, the marking is not mandatory, but it is almost always present (and in fact requested by customers that look for it) due to the proximity of markets and the existence of bilateral trade agreements or to the fact that a large part of the products are sold there for export to customers living in a country in the EES, or are imported from these countries (Monaco, Andorra, San Marino, Vatican, Jersey, Guernsey, Isle of Man) : for some classes of products, these countries may also have adopted the same standards, which can also be recognized by the CE marking. In these European countries the CE marking and the associated standards is protected (the manufacturers are declaring their conformance to a minimum list of standards). As many of the European standards are converging with international standards, the CE marking will be often present on products manufactured and sold outside of Europe (notably in Asia that exports lots of manufactured products to Europe).

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