CE Certification

 

European Product Directives represent the minimum safety standards that products must conform to before they are allowed on the European market or before they are first put into service in the European Economic Area (EEA).

The famous 'CE marking' symbol indicates that a product has complied with all applicable Directives. A product complying with a directive in one EU nation must be allowed on the markets of all other EU nations, making the CE mark a vital ingredient in removing barriers to trade within the European single-market.

The EU does not have Directives for every single product, only those where differing national legislation within the member states created the perception of a barrier to trade. Only two European Product Directives are in force in the marine sector:

EU Recreational Craft Directive (RCD) 2003/44/EC as amended (originally 94/25/EC )
Recreational craft (boats) between 2.5m and 24m in length plus their key components
   
Marine Equipment Directive (MED) 2002/75/EC as amended
Safety & communication equipment carried by sea going vessels