CE directives are designed to help business and government officials understand the new laws, the EU's standardization process, and the relationship between the European Commission and the European standardization bodies in the European Union.

The CE Mark is compulsory within the context of the application of EC New Approach Directives. Thus, CE marking can, be regarded as the product's 'trade passport' for Europe.

The CE marking ("Conformite Europeenne") certifies that a product has met EU health, safety, and environmental requirements, which ensure consumer safety.

The directives requiring CE marking affect the following product groups:

  • Active implantable medical devices
  • Appliances burning gaseous fuels
  • Cableway installations designed to carry persons
  • Eco-design of energy related products
  • Electromagnetic compatibility
  • Equipment and protective systems intended for use potentially explosive atmospheres
  • Explosives for civil uses
  • Hot-water boilers
  • In vitro diagnostic medical devices
  • Lifts
  • Low voltage
  • Machinery
  • Measuring Instruments
  • Medical devices
  • Noise emission in the environment
  • Non-automatic weighing instruments
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Pressure equipment
  • Pyrotechnics
  • Radio and telecommunications terminal equipment
  • Recreational craft
  • Safety of toys
  • Simple pressure vessels