Five things you need to know about CE Marked Wire and Cable

Wire is simple right? Maybe not! Here are the top five things to know when select­ing wire and cable products for use in designs that will be CE Marked:

  1. Wire and cable products sold in the EU must be CE Marked under the Low Voltage Directive, and MAY bear BOTH the CE Mark and the HAR mark. The HAR mark may only be applied by man­u­fac­tur­ers that have met the require­ments for the use of the HAR mark. More inform­a­tion on the HAR mark. 

    Picture of the HAR Mark.
    The HAR Mark
  2. The HD 21.X and HD 22.X Harmonization Documents pre­vi­ously used for determ­in­ing com­pli­ance and apply­ing the CE Mark are being replaced by the EN 50525.X fam­ily of stand­ards start­ing on 2014-​01-​17. See the list.
  3. Wire and Cable products with Declarations of Conformity that refer to older ver­sions of the Low Voltage Directive, or that refer to HD doc­u­ments that have been super­seded are NO LONGER COMPLIANT.
  4. Wire and Cable products used in “large-​scale” machine tools and fixed install­a­tions do not need to meet WEEE require­ments.
  5. Designers are not required to use CE Marked wire and cable products in CE Marked Products.

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