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CE Certification Electrical Appliances

Electrical appliances and fixed installations are governed by EMC Directive 2014/30/EU. The EMC Directive was established to ensure that electrical products do not cause excessive electromagnetic disturbance. In addition, they may not be overly sensitive to electromagnetic disturbance caused by other appliances.

Sometimes, such disturbance is unavoidable, for example, when a mobile telephone is used too close to a computer. However, if the mobile telephone is a few meters away from the computer, no such disturbance should occur. This is evaluated by means of a certification process after which, if the results are favorable, the electromagnetic compatibility approval mark is awarded.


The EMC Directive applies to an apparatus or fixed installation as defined in the directive:

Apparatus means “any finished appliance or combination thereof made available on the market as a single functional unit, intended for the end-user and liable to generate electromagnetic disturbance, or the performance of which is liable to be affected by such disturbance.”

A fixed installation is “a particular combination of several types of apparatus and, where applicable, other devices, which are assembled, installed and intended to be used permanently at a predefined location.”

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Specific obligations apply to both types. The technical documentation sets out the applicable requirements in relation to the design, manufacture and operation of the product.

Manufacturers must retain and have available the technical documentation and the EU certificate of conformity for ten years after the product is placed on the market.

The new EMC Directive came into effect on 20 April 2016. You can find more information about CE certification of electrical appliances in the library.

Or request a no-obligation consultation with one of our experts at our office. We will explain exactly which directives your product needs to comply with and what steps you need to take.

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