EMC Testing for Europe
The CE marking or formerly EC mark, is a mandatory conformity marking for certain products sold within the European Economic Area (EEA) since 1985. It is similar then, in that sense, to the FCC Declaration of Conformity used on certain electronic devices sold in the United States. The CE marking is the manufacturer’s declaration that the product meets the requirements of the applicable EC directives including EMC Testing for Europe. 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.
So how does this affect you?
CE is mandatory for certain product groups within the European Economic Area (EEA; the 28 member states of the EU plus EFTA countries Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, plus Turkey) and your product must meet the relevant regulations if you intend to sell/distribute your product it. By affixing the CE marking on a product, a manufacturer is declaring, at its sole responsibility, conformity with all of the legal requirements to achieve CE marking. The application of the CE mark requires compliance with various European directives depending on the type of product. EU Directives exist for Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC), electrical safety (LVD), Radio Equipment and Medical Devices.
How do I test my product?
EMC Testing for Europe should be conducted at a test facility with an NATA or similar accreditation in order to perform the measurements. Measurement test site must technically conform to the physical characteristics defined in the relevant test standard references including NSA, 16 point uniform field calibrations and so on.
What are the tests required?
For EMC CE compliance you are required to test your product with respect to the product emissions and immunity and will include tests such as:
EMC Testing for Europe – Emissions EMC testing
- Radiated emissions testing
- Conducted emissions AC mains ports testing
- Conducted emissions DC mains ports
- Conducted emissions telecommunication port emissions testing
- Harmonic current emissions testing
- Voltage fluctuations (flicker) testing
Emissions testing is the measurement of the energy radiated into free space from the entire unit as a whole including cabinet radiation and cable radiation or the conducted emissions is the energy radiated via a conductive path (cable) back to the mains network.
EMC Testing for Europe – Immunity EMC testing
- Radiated RF immunity testing
- Conducted RF immunity testing
- Electrical fast transients (EFT) testing
- Electrostatic discharge (ESD) testing
- Surge immunity testing
- Voltage dips and interrupts testing
- Magnetic immunity testing
Immunity testing is to ensure that a product operates as intended when subjected to various external influences. These influences are a well defined set of different types of phenomenon that can occur in the real world.
We are accredited by NATA to perform all of the above testing, please contact us for further details.
For much more information please refer to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CE_marking