The official marking required by the European Community for all Electric- and Electronic equipment that will be sold, or put into service for the first time, anywhere in the European community.
It proves to the buyer -or user- that this product fulfills all essential safety and environmental requirements as they are defined in the so-called European Directives. The CE markings directive (93/68/EEC) was adopted in 1993. It amends 12 other directives.
The CE-directive gives a detailed description of the initials CE and any other marks specific to a particular directive and the ways conformity may be acquired.
The CE-mark must be put on the equipment, it's size must be 5 mm (0.2") or larger.
In return for fulfilling the CE marking requirements, the manufacturer or its agent gets the opportunity to cover the entire European market using only one approval procedure for the topics covered in the miscellaneous directives.
The member states of the EC cannot refuse any electronic or electrical product that has been CE marked (unless fraud suspected).
For some products however, national regulations may exist, as long as the topics covered in these national regulations are not covered by a pan-European Directive. An example is Ergonomics in Germany for PC-related equipment.
the manufacturer compile a file of technical information
In the case of complete craft or hulls, this file is to include test reports or calculations demonstrating that the craft has adequate stability in the anticipated sea conditions. The manufacturer also has to complete a Declaration of Conformity.
the Directive also lays down requirements for type testing by a notified body and/or quality control procedures
no special provision for used craft
as such it is impossible for second hand craft to comply
used craft cannot be CE marked and therefore cannot be legally imported into the EEA