On this page you can find a link to a summary of most of the principle European Directives and Regulations.
The list on the right is separated into Conformance Specialisms and Other Directives. Conformance has specialist knowledge, experience and expertise in a number of directives and reguations as indicated.
The Other Directive pages are a summary of the requirements and have been created to provide you with relevant information and useful links, however we do not currently offer advice on these directives.
What Are Directives?
The CE marking Directives are documents published by the European Commission that lay out the protection requirements (design safety) and the administrative requirements for products intended to be manufactured or imported into the EU. There are many Directives, covering a large range of products, but they all essentially contain these two distinct sets of requirements. However, the directives do not state how the requirements are to be specifically and quantifiably achieved. This task is left to each individual EU member state to implement into their own national laws. This, in turn, is the role of the standards.
Various multinational committees meet to produce and update standards relating the safety, marking, design etc of products within their fields. These standards are implemented at national, European or international level and some are ultimately adopted by the member state governments to specify the requirements of the Directives. When a standard has been referenced by the European Commission (by publication in the Official Journal of the EU), it can be adopted by a member state as a yardstick to use for product compliance. In this situation a product which complies with the approved standards for a given Directive can be presumed to comply with the essential requirements of the Directive.
For a full list of the CE marking (and some non-CE marking) Directives, see our detailed directives pages.
For more information about standards, see our detailed standards page.
Many of our customers find this flowchart useful as a starting point to identify the safety directives applicable to their product.
The New Legislative Framework (NLF) for Directives and Regulations
On March 29, 2014, the European Commission published the recasts of eight CE marking directives. These directives have new reference numbers and are aligned with the rules and responsibilities for CE marking that were published earlier in the NLF's defining document Decision 768/2008/EU. These Directives came into force on 20th of April 2016 as part of a ongoing alignment of all the CE marking directives.
The intention of this New Legislative Framework (NLF) is to:
- provide better overall coherence and consistency across the range of directives and regulations
- improve market surveillance rules to provide better protection for consumers and professionals from unsafe goods
- clarify the notification process
- improve the accreditation of conformity assessment bodies and the conformity assessment procedures (modules)
- clarify the meaning of the CE mark and enhance its credibility
- clarify the obligations of importers and distributors where the manufacturer of the CE marked product is based outside Europe