CE marking & cables
All construction products for which the manufacturer has drawn up a Declaration of Performance (DoP) under the CPR, must be CE marked. When the DoP has not been drawn up, the CE marking musn't be affixed. By affixing the CE marking, the manufacturer indicates he takes responsibility for the conformity of the product with all applicable requirements. Thus, when the manufacturer affixes the CE marking under the CPR, he implicitly indicates that his product als complies with other relevant EU regulations such as, but not limited to, the Low Voltage Directive, with a mandatory CE marking.
Like the DoP, the CE marking is composed of mandatory elements:
- Manufacturer Identification + address + contact details
- Unique Identification number of the product
- CE logo
- Year of first certification (this does NOT indicate the year of production)
- Declared level of performance
- Applicable harmonised standard + year
- ID number of the Notified Body
- Unique ID number of the DoP
- Intended use as defined in the harmonised standard
Particularity in Belgium
The RGIE/AREI Article 7 - Low-voltage electrical equipment, states the following:
"Low-voltage electrical apparatus is assumed to provide the required safety:
(a) if it complies with the requirements of:
1. either the Royal Decree of 23 March 1977 laying down the safety guarantees to be provided by certain electrical machinery, apparatus and wiring [...].
This Royal Decree was abolished on 21 April 2016 and replaced by the Royal Decree on the placing of electrical equipment on the market. Article 5. §2 of the latter Royal Decree prescribes the following: "Where the conformity assessment procedure referred to in paragraph 1 has demonstrated that the electrical equipment complies with the safety objectives referred to in Article 4 and set out in Annex I, manufacturers shall draw up an EU declaration of conformity and affix the CE marking."
The obligation to affix the CE logo onto cables follows from this Belgian legislation. On the cables themselves, this CE is not followed by the above mentioned elements imposed by the CPR. This completed CPR CE marking is, of course, to be found on the labeling of the cables.