[time-nuts] CE Mark

Poul-Henning Kamp phk at phk.freebsd.dk
Fri Aug 15 16:51:10 EDT 2008

In message <E1KU65T-0000cU-QE at febo.com>, "Arnold Tibus" writes:

>[...] "For the purpose of law  all importers are treated as
>producers. (Ref article 3 council directive (85/374/EEC) [!!!]
>This is the reason that Importers in Europe are so much worried
>about CE Marking on the product they import because one failure of
>product in the market can ruin earnings of many years.

The point here is to get a local entity to sue, rather than some
random chinese factory which have never existed once the mail

Rumours have it, that the CE mark went through like lightning after
a delegation from the EP/PE was taken through a Wall-Mart in the
USA, and subsequently shown what the products contained and how
they were constructed.  I have not been able to verify this rumour.

If you don't sell crap, you've got nothing to worry about.

>If I do import and not sell to others, I should have no problems, I am 
>responsible for - myself (!), 

Exactly, as a group europeans are not known for suing themselves :-)

But you could be held liable if your neighbor, child or spouse gets
electrocuted, although they would probably use penal code rather
than lack of CE mark in that case.


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