European Directives

A lot of products require CE marking before they can be sold in the EEA (EU + Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway). The CE mark confirms that the product has been assessed and complies with EU safety, health and environmental requirements.

The CE marking is based on the specific Directives and the Regulation 765/2008 and the Decision 768/2008, which regulate the activities of all operators: manufacturers, notified bodies, accreditation bodies, national authorities in charge of market surveillance.


20 April 2016 was the end of the transitional period for the official coming into force of some new European Directives, while others are close to the coming into force of the implementation, regulated in Italy by the Circular of 21 March 2016 of the Ministry of Economic Development. Go to the page for all the Directives subject to implementation.


The new updated version of the Blue Guide - "Guide to the implementation of directives based on the New Approach and the Global Approach" - has been published in English.

Published for the first time in 2000, its aim was to facilitate the understanding of EU rules for the CE marking of products and their subsequent placing on the market, thereby promoting the protection of the health and safety of consumers and the environment.

The current version of April 2016 was drafted in close cooperation with national authorities and relevant parties.

Some of the new proposals include, for example:

New sections on the obligations of economic operators and accreditation;

The new revision of the current chapters such as standardization and market surveillance.


MACHINERY | 2006/42/CE

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ATEX | 2014/34/UE

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GAR | EU Regulation 2016/426

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TOYS | 2009/48/CE

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MEDICAL DEVICES |  Regulation (EU) 2017/745

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PPE | 2016/425 EU

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