Many products require CE marking before you can sell them within the European Economic Area. The marking shows that the product has been assessed and meets European Union (EU) safety, health or environmental requirements.
CE marking is valid only for products for which EU specifications have been introduced. The letters 'CE' stand for 'Conformité Européene', which means 'European Conformity'.
This guide explains what CE marking is. It offers information about products that need CE marking, as well as when and how you should use CE marking to ensure that you follow all relevant regulations.
In Northern Ireland, CE marking continues to be used to show goods meet EU rules after 1 January 2021. Further information is available for:
- using the UKNI marking
- using the UKCA mark
- placing manufactured goods on the market in NI
- placing manufactured goods on the EU market
- placing manufactured goods on the market in Great Britain
The UK government intends to extend recognition of the CE marking indefinitely, beyond December 2024, for most goods on the market in Great Britain. The extension applies to 18 categories of goods that fall under the remit of the Department for Business and Trade. There are different rules for sector-specific goods, such as construction products and medical devices, that are regulated separately by other relevant departments.
This page will be updated to reflect the changes in due course.