CE marking is a declaration of a product's compliance with European Union (EU) legislation. It is a certification mark affixed to certain types of products that declares conformity with the applicable EU health, safety and environmental protection legislation and standards.
Important: The UK has left the EU on 31 January 2020 and has entered a transition period. This period will run until the end of 2020 while the UK and EU negotiate additional arrangements. You can continue to use the CE marking if you're placing certain goods on the UK or the EU market until 1 January 2021.
What is CE marking on products?
CE marking is a type of self-certification that shows that:
- the manufacturer has checked that the product meets EU legal requirements
- the product complies with EU legislation
- the product is free to move within the European market
CE marking does not mean the product was made in the European Economic Area (EEA). It simply asserts that the product can be legally sold within the EEA market.
CE mark logo
The official CE mark comprises the letters C and E. Their shape is based on a series of circles, with exact spacing between the letters.
The mark should be affixed to the product. If this is not possible, it should be included on the packaging or accompanying documents.
What needs to be CE marked?
CE marking is mandatory for many types of products, such as electronics, toys, machinery, medical devices and vehicles, as well as many construction goods.
Not all products need to bear CE marking. Only those products for which EU product specifications exist must comply with the CE marking requirements.
If your product requires CE marking but doesn't conform to the relevant standards, you cannot sell it legally in the EEA countries. If your product doesn't require CE marking, it shouldn't carry the CE mark.
See more on products that need CE marking.
Who is responsible for CE marking?
The product's manufacturer, when located in the European Economic Area, bears sole responsibility for declaring conformity with all the legal requirements to achieve CE marking.
If you're the manufacturer, it is your responsibility to:
- carry out the conformity assessment
- set up the technical file for the product
- issue the EC declaration of conformity
- affix CE marking on a product
When products are manufactured overseas (eg in China), the importer must verify that the manufacturer has all the necessary documentation and has carried out the necessary steps to ensure CE compliance.
Distributors must verify the presence of both the CE marking and the necessary supporting documentation before distributing the product within the EEA market.
Find out how to place CE marking on a product.