The New Approach program, launched by the European Commission in 1985, aims to ensure the lowest level of product safety and facilitate the free movement of products within a single market. These directives and harmonized CE standards contain a number of basic requirements for safety, health, the environment and consumer protection.
The New Approach Directives have to be transposed into national laws by the member states and thus form a whole body of legal arrangements at the community level. A visual symbol has been added to indicate that a product complies with the CE marking, and this program has been shaped into a set of basic requirements. These requirements are based on harmonized European standards and the European Technical Approval Guidelines, which translate basic requirements into technical specifications. In this regard, the CE marking has become a mandatory label for all products covered by one or more directives.
The CE marking is a mandatory indication that the products concerned may be placed on the market in the European Union countries and within the European Economic Area. In order to prove that the product complies with the criteria specified in the directive or directives, the manufacturer must first prepare a European Union conformity certificate and then affix the CE mark on the product. These criteria are mainly focused on safety, public health and consumer protection.
The countries of the European Union and the European Economic Area have bilateral commitments:
Check whether the manufacturer is justified in placing products on the market in accordance with the essential requirements of the directive or directives
Ensuring the free circulation of CE-marked products regardless of origin
The affixing of the CE marking on a product is either the responsibility of the manufacturer depending on the nature of the risks present in the product, or is carried out following third party conformity assessment studies and compliance checks. In short, all products covered by the New Approach Directives must bear the CE mark.
Harmonized standards or harmonized standards are European standards developed by a recognized European standards body. These are organizations such as the European Standards Committee (CEN), the European Electrotechnical Standardization Committee (CENELEC) or the European Telecommunications Standards Committee (ETSI). The European Commission may request a harmonized standard (CE standard) by requesting one of these bodies.
Manufacturers and conformity assessment bodies use these harmonized standards to demonstrate that products, services or processes comply with the relevant directives. These CE standards are published in the Official Journal of the European Union.
For example, the main CE standards for electrical and electronic products are:
TS EN 61000 Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC)
Equipment for explosive atmospheres
TS EN 13237 Potentially explosive atmospheres - Terms and definitions for equipment and protective systems intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres
Low Voltage (LVD)
TS EN 50363 Insulation, sheathing and coating materials for low-voltage power cables
TS EN 50566 30 The basic restrictions on human exposure to electromagnetic fields in the frequency range from MHz to 6 GHz, and the exposure limit values and the suitability of radio communication elements
Restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances (RoHS)
TS EN IEC 63000 Technical documentation for the evaluation of electrical and electronic products according to the limitation of hazardous substances
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