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Sending non-CE marked device to Europe

Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by Bearded Occam, Aug 11, 2007.

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  1. What are the ramifications for sending a non-CE marked device to
    Europe? The device clearly carries no CE mark.

    In general, whose problem is it, me, or the person who receives the
    item from me?

    My intention here is strictly to do the right thing. Please don't
    suggest ways of skirting European regulations.
  2. Phil Allison

    Phil Allison Guest

    "Bearded Occam"

    ** Wot - one device ?


    ......... Phil
  3. John Larkin

    John Larkin Guest

    As some european associates told me at a meeting in Oxford, CE means
    Can't Enforce.

  4. Eeyore

    Eeyore Guest

    It's the problem of the agent or distributor in the EU.

    I'm not clear how personal imports are affected. The legislation seems to imfer
    that they expect all affected imported equipment to be sold by a distributor or

    You could have it tested for compliance but that'll cost you many thousands.

    The law says it can't be sold (in the EU) if it's non-compliant. If it's bought
    outside the EU I don't see how it can be controlled.

  5. Eeyore

    Eeyore Guest

    It's not the absence of a CE mark that's the issue of course.

    You can buy an CE sticker if that's what's bothering you. I'm sure plenty of
    that goes on.

  6. Eeyore

    Eeyore Guest

    And there is no CE Police.

  7. Jamie

    Jamie Guest

    You are not suppose to.
    It's like you giving a kid a gun.
  8. Nobody

    Nobody Guest

    What sort of "device"? If it's a "component" rather than a completed
    "product", then it may fall outside of the scope of the directives, and
    would not need (and should not have) a CE mark. In general, if the safety
    cannot be assessed without regard to the application, then it's out of

    Also, certain devices are excluded from the various CE-marking directives.
    If it should be CE-marked but isn't, I have no idea where the
    responsibility lies. I can't find this mentioned in the relevant
    documents. They mostly refer to someone "placing on the market",
    which is probably covered under more general trade legislation.

    If you're selling to a business, it probably isn't your responsibility (if
    they intend to export the item out of the EEA, there's no need for a CE

    If you're selling to a consumer, it may be your responsibility. Consumer
    protection and contract law normally consider the sale to have occured
    "in" the territory where the consumer resides; conformance may or may not
    be handled similarly.
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