A brief description of CE EMC compliance testing, approval & certification
Expansion: Conformité Européenne
Effective region: European Economic Area
Regulator: European commission
Legal status: Mandatory
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Countries requiring CE marking
CE marking is mandatory for certain product groups within the European Economic Area (EEA). The EEA consists of 28 member states of the EU plus EFTA countries Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein plus Switzerland and Turkey. The manufacturer of products made within the EEA and the importer of goods made in other countries must ensure that CE-marked goods conform to standards.
CE compliance requirements
Electrical and electronic products sold in the European market must be CE marked. The application of the CE mark requires compliance with various European directives depending on the type of product. Commonly applied EU Directives include EMC, electrical safety (LVD), ‘Radio Equipment Directive’ (RED) which replaced the ‘Radio and Telecommunications’ (R&TTE), Machine Directive and Medical Devices.
Legal Implications for CE marking
CE marking signifies that the product conforms with all EC directives that apply to it. Product conformity shall be signified by affixing the CE mark to each product. Each product must be able to demonstrate compliance this is usually achieved through testing to the appropriate harmonised standards/directives. For EMC compliance you are required to comply with the relevant product standard(s) or generic standard(s) specific for the product primary function and environment. Suppliers must complete and sign a standard format single Declaration of Conformity Statement which lists all the applicable directives and harmonised standards that the product complies with. For some products and standards an organisation that has been accredited by a member state commonly known as a Notified body is required to assess whether a product meets certain preordained standards based upon the data from the test report(s).
CE EMC Testing requirements
Most electrical and electronic equipment sold in the EU must be CE marked. Therefore they are required to comply with the EMC Directive “Electromagnetic Compatibility, 2014/30/EU (replacing 2004/108/EC)”. This can be achieved by identifying and applying the most relevant product standard to demonstrate compliance against. The accepted EMC standards that should be applied are found in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU). CE testing requires both emissions and immunity EMC testing. In-addition if the product has wireless RF radio communications functionality such as RFID, Bluetooth, 3G, 4G or Wi-Fi etc then additional EMC and Radio compliance is required.
CE wireless Radio Testing requirements
Radio and wireless products sold in the European market must be CE marked. The product must comply with the ‘Radio Equipment Directive’ (RED), the ‘RED’ Directive replaced the ‘Radio and Telecommunications’ (R&TTE) Directive which either ended or was phased out for certain products between 13/07/2016 to the 12/07/2017. The accompanying Declaration of Conformity (DoC) for any Radio Equipment Directive (RED) directive product i.e. any product containing a transmitter and or receiver will require only the RED directive to be listed, however the LVD and EMC compliance requirements will still need to be satisfied. Specific transmitter and receiver tests are required e.g. transmit power, spurious emissions, bandwidth along with various EMC emissions and immunity tests. Most Radio and wireless standards are freely available via the ETSI download portal. Please see link European Radio and wireless compliance standards. Follow the link or contact us today to find out how best EMC Bayswater can help with your CE Radio and wireless compliance testing, approvals and certifications.
Why use EMC Bayswater for your CE testing?
We offer excellent customer support, provide great value, high quality testing and test reports with a fast turnaround to ensure your product gets to market with the shortest possible lead time. We are NATA accredited to many of the common CE testing Electromagnetic Compatibility standards and have extensive experience with these requirements. Please visit our EMC compliance testing services page for details of other EMC compliance testing services we offer.
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If your device does not initially comply with the CE testing requirements, we can offer compliance engineering assistance. We can provide consulting, R&D and investigative EMC testing to try help your product pass. Please click the link for additional information on pre-compliance testing available at EMC Bayswater.