In which countries is the CE marking required?

The CE marking is currently required in the following countries:

Countries in which CE marking is required.
Countries in which CE marking is required


1. Austria (since 1995)
2. Belgium
3. Bulgaria (since 2007)
4. Czech Republic (since 2004)
5. Cyprus (since 2004)
6. Denmark
7. Estonia (since 2004)
8. Finland (since 1995)
9. France
10. Germany
11. Greece
12. Hungary (since 2004)
13. Iceland
14. Ireland
15. Italy
16. Latvia (since 2004)
17. Lithuania (since 2004)
18. Liechtenstein
19. Luxembourg
20. Malta (since 2004)
21. Norway
22. The Netherlands
23. Poland (since 2004)
24. Portugal
25. Romania (since 2007)
26. Slovakia (since 2004)
27. Slovenia (since 2004)
28. Spain
29. Sweden (since 1995)
30. Croatia (since July 1, 2013)

Please note:

a) The United Kingdom has left the European Union and has regulations with requirements very similar to the CE marking directives and regulations. Most of the UK regulations mention affixing a UK-specific conformity marking: the UKCA marking. However, in 2023, the UK government decided to continue accepting products with CE marking, indicating compliance with UK regulations.

b) Switzerland is not a member of the European Union, but for some products, it accepts the CE marking as a presumption of conformity with Swiss national technical regulations.

c) Turkey is neither member of the EU, nor is considered a part of the EEA. However, Turkey has fully implemented many of the European CE marking directives. This means that for many products they also require CE marking.

25 thoughts on “In which countries is the CE marking required?”

  1. Regarding the 89/106/EEC directive as far as I know, CE Marking is not obligatory in the UK, in Sweden, in Finland and in Ireland. It is one of the key points in the negotiations for making the directive a regulation. This is in conflict to what I read here. Can you please clarify.

    Thanks

    Nicos Leon
    Athens, Greece

  2. Hi Nicos,

    Good point. The Construction Products Directive has always been a special directive in the family of CE marking directives. You are right that with the new amendments introduced in a regulation, a lot will change. For one thing: since the new CE requirements are now formulated in a regulation instead of a directive, the Member States of the EU do not have to transpose them in order for them to become effective. The regulation applies directly.

  3. Good morning Han I hope you are well. We are looking into CE marking our manufacturing machines rather than our product. As we update them to produce different products do we need to re-CE mark them and can we do this ourselves? I look forward to hearing from you.
    Kind Regards
    Andy Cammack

    • If I understand correctly, you speak about the machinery in your production facility? If you modify them, and the modification is a functional modification, the existing CE marking is not longer valid and as the modifier, your company is now seen as the manufacturer of the (new) machine and it becomes responsible for CE marking.
      Machinery in most cases can be self-certified. Only the dangerous machinery listed on Annex IV to the Machinery Directive must be certified with involvement of a 3rd party.
      I hope this is helpful.

  4. i am in australia , i want to order few lifting equipment from china to australia.
    These equipment are already ce certified . Do i need a certification in australia.for the use of selling and using this equipment
    i would appreciate your response

  5. We are a manufacturer of equipment in the US. This equipment is not CE marked. A customer in the UK would like to purchase one of our machines (EXW our plant) and ship it to the UK. My understanding is that they would then be responsible for CE compliance. Can you confirm that our understanding is correct? Specific citation/references in the rules and regulations would be appreciated.

    • Dear Larry,

      No, the manufacturer is always responsible, even when located outside of the EU. If you know the equipment is intended to be put into service in the EU, it must be made in compliance with the regulations. Of course, the importer of products coming from outside the EU has a special position, because the market surveillance authorities cannot prosecute non-EU manufacturers.

      As regard to the reference to rules and regulations, I quote here paragraph 1 of Article 4 and paragraph 1 of Article 5 of the Machinery Directive (2006/42/EC):
      “Article 4
      Market surveillance
      1. Member States shall take all appropriate measures to ensure that machinery may be placed on the market and/or put into service only if it satisfies the relevant provisions of this Directive and does not endanger the health and safety of persons and, where appropriate, domestic animals or property, when properly installed and maintained and used for its intended purpose or under conditions which can reasonably be foreseen.
      (…)
      Article 5
      Placing on the market and putting into service
      1. Before placing machinery on the market and/or putting it into service, the manufacturer or his authorised representative shall:
      (a) ensure that it satisfies the relevant essential health and safety requirements set out in Annex I;
      (b) ensure that the technical file referred to in Annex VII, part A is available;
      (c) provide, in particular, the necessary information, such as instructions;
      (d) carry out the appropriate procedures for assessing confor- mity in accordance with Article 12;
      (e) draw up the EC declaration of conformity in accordance with Annex II, part 1, Section A and ensure that it accompanies the machinery;
      (f) affix the CE marking in accordance with Article 16.”

      (BTW, your customer is not an ‘authorised representative’. An ‘authorised representative’ is a person located in the EU that is specially appointed by the manufacturer in a written mandate to resume some of the tasks and responsibilities under the directive.)

  6. We are a European OEM manufacturer of electrical products for use in commercial offices (not for use domestically). Often we use a series of building blocks to manufacture products to the specifications of our clients who have very demanding requirements. One recent requirement is such that one of the building blocks renders it impossible to CE mark the final product. We have advised the European client that the product is un-CE-markable, they have signed a document to say they understand, but they still wish us to make the product to their specification. Should we manufacture non-CE-compliant product (albeit safe product) on the basis that our client is prepared to take responsibility? Or should we simply say, No!

  7. Hi Han,

    The company I work for wants to build and operate a plant in Turkey and import equipment such as compressors and pressure vessels. Do they need to be CE marked?

    Regards,
    Pascal
    London, UK

    • Yes, through the Customs Union Turkey has with the EU, they have fully implemented the CE directives in their national legislation. Therefore, CE marking is a requirement in Turkish law and your plants need to be CE compliant where that is applicable.

      Regards,
      Han

  8. Hello, my company is “ce marked”. We have an official order for the
    Austrian market. Are there any specific national requirements regarding
    labeling or marking of the CE? Is it obligatory to mark each glass
    product? Thank you in advance.

    • здравствуйте Sirma,

      Do you mean that your company’s products are CE marked?

      Has your company applied European standards or technical specifications for the glass product(s)?

      For placing the glas products on the market, there should be no additional requirements. There may be national or local requirements for the use of your glass products. Your client will know.

      • Dear Han,
        Thank you for the answer. Yes, our products are CE marked, and we applied the necessary standards and specifications. Our client does not know whether there are any requirements regarding labeling or marking of the products. I mean – whether we must put on each glass any signs regarding the number of certification body and/ or the CE marking, or it will be enough to fulfill the requirements during the production process and to pack and deliver them. I was interested of the fact whether we must prepare or put something specific on the products or in the packages, acc. to the Austrian market legal requirements.

  9. Dear Han,

    We have to import machines for bag production from Turkey to Bulgaria. Do they have to be CE marked. Should we ask the manufacturer for CE certificate for each machine?

    Thank you!

  10. The question if Switzerland’s company may took place as an importer (definition of importer demands that it must be eastablished within EU).

    The other thing is: when product is co-branded by the different legal entity, which of them will be considered as manufacturer, importer, etc.

    Thank you very much. Best regards.

  11. If we are exporting our (self certified) CE marked machinery in to Australia from the UK, do we have to do anything else now that the UK has left the EU? I know that there is a free trade agreement but there is nothing specific on this that I can find! Do we have to label with an RCM label and if so, are we allowed to self certify? So hard to find this info anywhere! Thank you in hope!

    • Hello Netty,

      Does your machinery already have CE marking? If so, you don’t need to any additional conformity assessments. The UK government accepts the CE marking as also indicating that the product complies with the UK regulations.

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