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Do electrical units with CE marking need to have a moulded plug, or can they have a rewireable plug? Open

In the UK, mains powered domestic/consumer electrical products must be supplied with a fitted BS 1363 plug. Last updated: 2021-07-07…

In the UK, mains powered domestic/consumer electrical products must be supplied with a fitted BS 1363 plug.

Last updated: 2021-07-07 17:25

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Yes, you will need to CE mark your product and issue a Declaration of Conformity for it.

The lamp itself will be within the scope of the EMC and the RoHS directives. If you sell it with the power supply, then the entire kit will also be within the scope of the Low Voltage Directive.

If you sell the power supply separately then the LVD will apply to it, as well as EMC and RoHS. If you are purchasing it from another supplier in the EU then you should ensure they have CE marked it correctly by asking for a copy of their Declaration of Conformity and test reports to show compliance with LVD, EMC and RoHS.

If you are purchasing the supply from outside the EU, or if you are re-branding it with your own company details, then you will need to issue your own Declaration of Conformity and compile a technical file.

You may find our self-certification pack for luminaires to be useful:

https://shop.conformance.co.uk/hikashop-menu-for-module-98/product/self-certification-pack-for-portable-domestic-luminaires

Last updated: 2021-07-07 17:24

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In order to place electrical items on the market in the UK they will need to be UKCA marked and comply with all relevant legislations.

The applicable legislations are:

The Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations SI 2016 No 1101
The Electromagnetic Compatibility Regulations 2016. SI No 1091
The Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations 2012. SI No 3032.

If the products are sold with an conversion plug this must conform with BS1363-5 requirements. Travel adaptors are NOT permitted.

Last updated: 2021-07-07 17:21

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The new LVD 2014/35/EU requires the name, company name and address to be supplied on the product packaging /instructions. Also to be on the Declaration of Conformity.

The Declaration of Conformity is binding upon the company so if the person who sign it leave it is no problem. The position of the signatory also has to be indicated.

Last updated: 2021-07-07 17:19

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1) A Notified or Approved Body is not required to be involved for the LVD compliance.
2) If there are no applicable harmonised standards then you can use other standards to show compliance with the essential requirements of the LVD. Remember to document this in the technical file for the product.

Last updated: 2021-07-07 17:17

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Regulation (EU) 2019/1020 require an EU Economic operator to be appointed who will be responsible for the compliance information within the EU and to be a contact point for the authorities. If you appoint an Authorised Representative then they will need to have a mandate in writing detailing their responsibilities and obligations.

Last updated: 2021-07-07 17:14

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A single declaration of conformity covering all the relevant legislation is required.

Last updated: 2021-07-07 17:12

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EN 60204-1 clause 11.2.1 states:

"No devices except devices for operating, indicating, measuring, and cooling shall be mounted on doors or on normally removable access covers of enclosures."

Going beyond the limit imposed by the above quoted clause is generally to be discouraged, but it's perfectly possible to meet the EHSR's of the LVD or Machinery Directives if other mitigating measures are applied.

The provision of insulation to prevent finger access to any dangerous parts and marking on the outside of the panel are two examples of such measures.

Such a door should be separately earthed and not be reliant upon hinges for earthing.

Last updated: 2021-07-07 17:11

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According to EN 60335-1 §25.10 if it is a Class I appliance then the earth wire in the supply cord MUST be green and yellow so a single green colour is not permitted.

In the UK brown and blue wires are used for single phase wiring designation.

Last updated: 2021-07-07 17:08

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Yes, motors which are outside the scope of the LVD are covered by the Machinery Directive. You should also consider EMC, RoHS and Ecodesign requirements as well.

Last updated: 2021-07-07 17:08

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In this case, we would agree with the manufacturer that CE marking is not required. The fuse holder is a component, and can only be used when incorporated into a piece of equipment which will itself need to be CE marked.

Last updated: 2021-07-07 17:07

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What is required in terms of compliance if the component parts of LCD TVs were imported from China and assembled/sold in the UK? Open

The final assembled product is subject to both UKCA and CE marking if the final destination is the UK and/or…

The final assembled product is subject to both UKCA and CE marking if the final destination is the UK and/or the EU markets. In general the individual components do not require to be CE marked but if they are it may assist the overall compliance assessment of the finished product.

Last updated: 2021-07-07 16:54

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Are cables less than 3 m required to be CE compliant? Open

A cable irrespective of length is a finished product so it should be CE marked and WEEE marked. Last updated:…

A cable irrespective of length is a finished product so it should be CE marked and WEEE marked.

Last updated: 2021-07-07 16:53

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Your lamps need to be CE marked as an assembled complete product. 

The CE marking directives that apply to your product are the Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Directive, RoHS and the Low Voltage Directive (LVD). 

There are ecodesign requirements for bulbs and luminaires so these should be considered as part of the CE marking requirements.

The LVD tests ensure the product is safe under normal use and a single fault condition.

Last updated: 2021-07-07 16:52

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Yes, it is necessary to CE mark control panels which are supplied separately, but only for the Low Voltage, EMC and RoHS directives. These Directives make no distinction between complete and incomplete equipment (unlike the Machinery Directive); for example the panels must be supplied electrically safe. Control panels on their own do not fall within the scope of the Machinery Directive.

However, the responsibility for ensuring that the control panel performs all the safety related functions required by the machinery (if any), lies with the supplier of the machinery. As the requirements of the these functions directly influence the design of the control circuit, it is necessary for the machinery supplier to specify, in detail, all the requirements of the panel. This could be achieved either by getting involved with the design of the panel and/or by fully specifying all the safety related control functions and their required performance in accordance with the relevant standards (e.g. EN 954-1:1996). It is also necessary for the machinery supplier to specify the ratings in detail. It is inappropriate for the machinery supplier to expect the panel builder to take responsibility of these issues because the panel builder would then be partly responsible for the design of the machine. The responsibility of the panel builder to comply with the specifications of the machine builder would be a contractual issue.

Last updated: 2021-07-07 16:50

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Control panels for machinery are normally within the scope of the LVD and EMC Directives and so they must be CE marked in the course of being supplied to the machine manufacturer.

It is important to understand that in these circumstances the CE mark on the panel does not necessarily indicate full compliance with the Machinery Directive, since very often the control panel manufacturer is not responsible for the functional specification for the panel. It is the final assembler of the machine who has responsibility for ensuring that all of the relevant requirements have been met, and using panels which have been correctly CE marked by their supplier will make this job easier.

Last updated: 2021-07-07 16:48

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The UK mains voltage is 240V which is within the EU limits of 230V +10%/-6%.

The standard is EN 50160:2010 and there is a 2019 amendment currently under review.

Last updated: 2021-07-06 16:59

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All domestic electrical appliances sold in the UK are required to have a plug fitted to BS1363 or a conversion plug supplied/fitted to BS1363-5. Travel adaptors are not permitted to be supplied.

Last updated: 2021-07-06 16:43

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The final assembled product will require CE marking as the standards used for the motor are likely not be appropriate for an enclosed product. You should identify the appropriate standards for the final product and check to those. Also consider that EMC and RoHS are most likely to be required as well. You should then issue your own Declaration of Conformity and keep the compliance information as part of your technical file.

Last updated: 2021-07-06 16:42

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Environment chambers for environment simulations or for laboratory purpose are covered by which standard? Open

Electrically powered laboratory equipment is normally the subject of the EN IEC 61010 series of standards. The relevant standards are:EN…

Electrically powered laboratory equipment is normally the subject of the EN IEC 61010 series of standards.

The relevant standards are:
EN IEC 61010-2-010 Lab equipment for the heating of materials
EN IEC 61010-2-011 Refrigerating equipment
EN IEC 61010-2-012 Temperature conditioning equipment

These are just an indicative list and a full standards check should be undertaken depending upon the specifications and features of the equipment.

Last updated: 2021-07-06 16:41

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