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Old 10th January 2017, 09:01 AM
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Please Help! Electrical and Electromechanical Product CE Compliance with various Directives

Hello,
I'm new to the world of CE marking and currently navigating my way around the official EU CE websites to figure out the directives that apply to my electrical and electromechanical products and the corresponding harmonized standards.

During my search I have found that this phrase explains the EC marking process perfectly:
"The CE compliance and marking process is not difficult but it is complex"

I've come to the conclusion that a matrix linking directives with harmonized standards would be a great visual aid to identify applicable directive and trace the harmonized standards that apply (and would remove some of the mystery of CE marking).

I'm probably not the first person to see the benefit of this and wondered if anyone on the forum has created such a matrix that they can share?

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Old 10th January 2017, 12:02 PM
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Re: Electrical and Electromechanical Product CE Compliance with various Directives

No a matrix (I don't think I've ever seen a matrix because it would need much work to keep up-to-date) but info can be found here: https://ec.europa.eu/growth/single-m...d-standards_pt
Thanks to Marcelo Antunes for your informative Post and/or Attachment!
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Old 10th January 2017, 01:30 PM
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Re: Electrical and Electromechanical Product CE Compliance with various Directives

Thanks for the link Marcelo.

Are you able to help me find the harmonised standards applicable to the directives from this?

For example if I click on the link for Low Voltage (LVD) I am taken to a page that provides the LVD Directive document and a Framework document that appears only to reference certain sections of the harmonised standards and not the entire documents. For example there is a reference to EN 61010-2-030:2010. Are you able to help me understand why EN61010 is not just referenced in its entirety within the framework of implementation document?
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Old 10th January 2017, 07:23 PM
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Re: Electrical and Electromechanical Product CE Compliance with various Directives

Not sure where you are clicking, when I click on Low Voltage (LVD) I go to the page with the list of harmonized standards - https://ec.europa.eu/growth/single-m...low-voltage_en
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Old 11th January 2017, 06:26 AM
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Re: Electrical and Electromechanical Product CE Compliance with various Directives

Thanks, your reply and link has helped and clarified to me the way the harmonized standards are numbered and referenced.

I had assumed (incorrectly) that EN 61010 was the overarching standard and contained the subsections -1, -2-010, 2-030 etc. However I now see that EN 61010 is essentially a collection of standards (a multi part document).

EN61010 consists ofmany sections:
EN 61010-1 general requirements
EN 61010-2-010 Heating of materials
EN 61010-2-030 testing and measuring circuits
etc

Is there a way to reverse the applicable standards process and find out which Directives each standard applies to? For example EMC standard EN 61000-4-5 Surge immunity does not appear to be referenced in either the Low Voltage Directive or the EMC Directive which surprises me. Is it easy to find out which directive references EN 61000-4-5 Surge immunity?
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Old 11th January 2017, 08:53 AM
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Re: Electrical and Electromechanical Product CE Compliance with various Directives

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However I now see that EN 61010 is essentially a collection of standards (a multi part document).
Yes, 61010-1 is the general standard of the series, and the other ones are particular standards.

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Is there a way to reverse the applicable standards process and find out which Directives each standard applies to?
Nope. In fact, the harmonization process is somewhat obscure. Also, the applicability of a standard does not link directly to a directive (or to only one directive). For example, the 61010 series also applies to some medical devices.

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For example EMC standard EN 61000-4-5 Surge immunity does not appear to be referenced in either the Low Voltage Directive or the EMC Directive which surprises me. Is it easy to find out which directive references EN 61000-4-5 Surge immunity?
Surge is one of the aspects of EMC, in fact, there's a lot of standards that may be applicable to one product. However, generally the product standard call for other standards (for example, IEC 60601-1-2 is the applicable standard for EMC for medical electrical equipment, it calls for the application of several standards of the 61000 series).
Thanks to Marcelo Antunes for your informative Post and/or Attachment!
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Old 11th January 2017, 08:59 AM
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Re: Electrical and Electromechanical Product CE Compliance with various Directives

Also, from your comments, you seem to lack some knowledge on standards and how they are created/applied. I would suggest you read some of the threads on standards in Elsmar.

You should also read the Blue Guide to understand how standards are applied in the case of EU Directives.
Thanks to Marcelo Antunes for your informative Post and/or Attachment!
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Old 15th January 2017, 06:57 PM
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Re: Electrical and Electromechanical Product CE Compliance with various Directives

I've seen a few people attempt to create a matrix, but never seen one that worked for a sufficiently wide range of products that is it could be both useful and not misleading.

If you post some more information about your product then I'm sure people here can point you are the correct directives, but generally you will need to look at:
EMC; LVD or Machinery; RoHS.
And then you've for R&TTE/RED for radio; ERP/EUP for number of energy using products.
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