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EC directives with regards to CE labeling

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This page contains a list of EC directives related to CE labeling and enacted by the European Commission, as well as selected EC directives relevant in a broader sense for the development and design of devices and machinery. The directive with the main, original text is always listed, not the ones with any subsequent changes. Down in paragraph (Link intern) "further links" you find information for further research about:

  • Directive amendments
  • Consolidated text versions
  • Harmonised standards

The directives are sorted (as far as possible) by the date when they first came into effect (mandatory application). This list does not claim to be complete!


Product range No. of directive       Mandatory since
Liabiiity for defective products 85/374/EEC 30. 7. 1988
General product safety 2001/95/EC  
Toys 88/378/EEC 1. 1. 1990
Safety data sheets (classification, packaging and labelling of dangerous preparations; refer also to (Link intern) )
Revoked by , regarding the new requirements see article 31 there.
91/155/EEC 30. 5. 1991
Simple pressurized containers 87/404/EEC 1. 7. 1992
Batteries and accumulators containing certain dangerous substances 91/157/EEC 18. 9. 1992
Directive on the use of working appliances (Minimum safety and health requirements for the use of work equipment by workers at work) 89/655/EEC 31. 12. 1992
Minimum requirements for the provision of safety and/or health signs at work 92/58/EC 24. 6. 1994
Telecommunications terminal equipment 98/13/EG Superseded by 99/5/EG
Machinery 98/37/EG 1. 1. 1995
2006/42/EC 29. 12. 2009
Active implantable medical devices 90/385/EEC 1. 1. 1995
Personal protection equipment 89/686/EEC 1. 7. 1995
Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) 89/336/EEC 1. 1. 1996
2004/108/EC 20. 7. 2007
Gas consumption devices 90/396/EEC 1. 1. 1996
Low voltage 2006/95/EC 16. 1. 2007
Warm water boilers 92/42/EEC 1. 1. 1998
Protection of the health and safety of workers from the risks related to chemical agents at work 98/24/EG 25. 5. 1998
Medical products 93/42/EEC 13. 6. 1998
Sports boat 94/25/EC 16. 6. 1998
Construction products 89/106/EEC according to standards
Lifts 95/16/EC 30. 6. 1999
valign="top">Minimum requirements for improving the safety and health protection of workers potentially at risk from explosive atmospheres (ATEX 137) 99/92/EC 28. 1. 2000
Radio and telecommunications terminal equipment (R&TTE) 99/5/EC 8. 4. 2000
In-vitro diagnostics 98/79/EG 7. 6. 2000
List of indicative occupational exposure limit values 2000/39/EC 5. 7. 2000
Pressurized devices 97/23/EC 29. 11. 2000
Front underrun protection of motor vehicles 2000/40/EC 10. 8. 2001
Labelling of dangerous substances (classification, packaging and labelling of dangerous preparations)
Caution: Article 14 (safety data sheet) has been revoked by , regarding the new requiements see article 31 there.
1999/45/EC 30. 6. 2002
Plastic materials and articles intended to come into contact with foodstuffs 2002/72/EC September 2002?
Non-automatic balances 90/384/EEC 1. 1. 2003
Explosives for civil purposes 93/15/EEC 1. 1. 2003
Devices and protection systems in areas with a risk of explosions (ATEX 95) 94/9/EC 1. 7. 2003
Cableways 2000/9/EC March 2004?
Restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (RoHS) 2002/95/EC 13. 8. 2004
Waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) 2002/96/EC 13. 8. 2005
Noise emission in the environment by equipment for use outdoors 2000/14/EC 3. 1. 2006
Fuel tanks and rear underrun protection of motor vehicles and their trailers 2006/20/EC 11. 3. 2007
Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) (Regulation! Available as PDF only.) (Link extern) 1907/2006 in the version of May 2007 1. 7. 2007

Further links

(Harmonsed) EN standards(CEN/CENELEC)

The CEN is the body for standards on the European level. Generally, EN standards are nothing else than national standards: They describe the state of the art, their application is volontary, adhering to them however eases the the dealings with customers and users, with state agencies in general and trade supervisory centers in particular, with attorneys and judges etc. in case of any doubts. Harmonised standards carry a special status: They have been "officially" accepted to specify in more detail the requirements implemented by a EC directive: Adherence to harmonised standards means that it seems to be the case that conformity with the main requirements of the corresponding directive is given.

  • The (Link extern) list of directives and subjects provides a list for the EU harmonised standards for each directive.
  • Further searches about directives and harmonised standards allows the server (Link extern) New Approach.
  • EN standards in general, their title and possible their reference to EU directives can be researched on: (Link extern) CENELEC und (Link extern) CEN (mirrored on: (Link extern) CEN).
  • If a standard is available in different languages, on (Link extern) CENELEC (as nessecary, click "Published / in progress") the title can be found in the different languages (unfortunately not the text of the standard): Enter the number of the standard in the search field and start the search.

Presentation on safety instructions

Charts of the presentation "Sicherheitshinweise in der technischen Dokumentation nach CE und ANSI", held for the (Link extern) tekom-Regionalgruppe Thüringen on 27. February 2007: (Link intern) TD+Sicherheit_tekom-RGThüringen_2007-02.pdf.


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