[time-nuts] Importing into EEC

Rob Kimberley rk at timing-consultants.com
Fri Aug 15 11:45:24 EDT 2008

It depends on local interpretations of the CE rules. UK as usual in all
things emanating from the EU does it all to the letter, so yes, it is
illegal here (may be a bit more relaxed up your way Poul, as common sense
and EU don't seem to mix down here!). 

One can get exceptions in a few cases, especially if military customers are
involved. But, the general rule is that if it hasn't got a CE mark in the UK
you can't sell it.

Rob Kimberley 

-----Original Message-----
From: time-nuts-bounces at febo.com [mailto:time-nuts-bounces at febo.com] On
Behalf Of Poul-Henning Kamp
Sent: 15 August 2008 09:49
To: Discussion of precise time and frequency measurement
Subject: Re: [time-nuts] Importing into EEC

In message <63593424D48240B7ADB6FAED64ECD187 at MartynDesktop>, "Martyn Smith"

>Just wanted to remind everyone it's illegal to import any electronic 
>devices into Europe without them having a CE mark.

That is not true.

It is illegal to *sell* things without CE marks to the unwashed public, but
you are allowed to import for personal use.

In addition there are a vast array of exemptions, including professional
test & measurement equipment.

Furthermore, anything constructed before the CE mark requirement came into
force in their local country are OK.

>I see there have been many projects like the Jackson Labs unit that 
>have been imported into Europe.  This is illegal.

No, it is not, stop spreading FUD.


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