Guide

CE marking

Introduction

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.

Important: If the United Kingdom leaves the European Union without a withdrawal deal, the requirements for placing certain products on the UK and EU markets will change. The new UKCA (UK Conformity Assessed) mark will replace CE marking for certain products being sold in the UK and the EU will no longer recognise CE marking certification issued by UK-based assessment bodies.

Read the latest UK government guidance on using the CE marking and the new UKCA marking after Brexit.

For help with CE marking, including workshops to help you understand the process of certification, see help with CE marking in Northern Ireland.