CE Mark for drone launcher military equipment at customer's request



A customer is interested in CE marking of his drone launcher. It is my understanding that military and/or aviation products are exempted from CE regulations. Any sugestions how to go about this issue?


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Re: CE Mark for military equipment at customer's request

You can only use a CE mark when demonstrating compliance with one of the directives/regulations that require the CE mark. You could always ask your customer which one they mean; RoHS, EMC might be applicable


Re: CE Mark for military equipment at customer's request

"Military" is mentioned so it may be known that the launcher in question is for that intended use. In the general case, though, while "aviation" may be regulated via a different channel, the realm of drones is blurry these days because products are being marketed as toys; as hobby devices; as camera accessories; and in various other manners that their marketers do not consider to be "aviation".

Some of these other market segments certainly are subject to Directive regulation, and participants in those marketing channels will expect the CE Mark.


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Many military customers are now specifying "CE marking" without being entirely sure whether it's applicable.

CE marking always comes back to the fundamental "is the product within scope of one or more CE marking Directives".

Machinery, R&TTE and RoHS Directives contain exemptions for equipment only used for military/national security applications.

LVD and EMC Directive do not contain any such exemption, though EMC contains exemption for " aeronautical products, parts and appliances as referred to in Regulation (EC) No 1592/2002 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 July 2002 on common rules in the field of civil aviation and establishing a European Aviation Safety Agency"

The other thing to remember of course is that the military are not exempt from various pieces of legislation covering Health&Safety, Provision of Work Equipment etc, and one of the ways they comply with this legislation is to procure CE marked equipment . . .
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