Yesterday, the European Commission published a new CE Directive for Radio Equipment. The new directive, with the number 2014/53/EC, repeals the Directive 1999/5/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 9 March 1999 on radio equipment and telecommunications terminal equipment and the mutual recognition of their conformity.
When I set out to investigate this question, I would not have guessed that it would turn out to be as much of an odyssey as it did. For most products, determining the need for a CE Mark is relatively straightforward, but not for wire and cable products! As equipment designers, engineers and technologists, we rarely think much about wire and cable. We’re mostly concerned with the insulation colours, number of conductors, the gauge and the voltage rating. Sometimes we’re also concerned about the temperature rating, the flexibility, or perhaps the shielding. The regulatory approvals carried by the wire are often assumed, or not considered at all. This common product can bring a world of headaches if the requirements are not fully considered.
Within 3 months of the last update, the European Commission on Thursday published an update to the list of European harmonized standards that pertain to the Low Voltage Directive (2006/95/EC). Manufacturers of CE marked electrical equipment should if the standards they have applied for the CE marking testing or conformity assessment have been updated, or whether new relevant standards have been introduced.