I am a novice engineer with the task of making CE marked products. Unfortunately I am being lost in directives and often I don't understand which standards and directives apply to my product. I want to get help but it seems that these are too legal to write on electronics.se, and too technical to write on law.se. Can I ask these on electronics.se?

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    \$\begingroup\$ Given the wide range of products covered, try and determine the classification of your product as just what standard applies is to a great extent reliant on that classification. \$\endgroup\$ – Peter Smith Feb 11 at 11:42
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    \$\begingroup\$ Directives look huge and unclear. Don't try to read them. Just apply elementary safety, RoHS/lead free, eliminate electromagnetic emissions if any, quality connectors and other common sens stuff and it will likely pass the CE test. \$\endgroup\$ – Fredled Feb 13 at 1:04
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    \$\begingroup\$ IEC directives make up for crazy reading, I think it's all a big scheme to make money because the only people that can understand the requirements are them. I also love the mulit hundred dollar price tags for their documents \$\endgroup\$ – laptop2d Feb 13 at 20:47

Go ahead and post your questions. We've had a good number of questions about , IEC, , requirements. They weren't badly received, typically.


Such questions are on-topic, as long as they are related to electronic design. This includes questions about directives/regulations regarding:

  • EMC
  • Radio
  • Electrical safety
  • Low-voltage/high-voltage directives
  • Electronic environment, ESD and water protection etc
  • Environmental impact, RoHS, WEEE etc.
  • Domain-specific electronic standards. Maritime, aerospace, automotive, EX zones, military etc.
  • Manufacturing/soldering of electronics in regards to all of the above.

Can you provide some details and specs about your product without disclosing proprietary information?

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