CE certification for access control systems: requirements and procedures

CE certification is a fundamental requirement to market access control systems on the European market. This certification certifies that the products comply with community standards and directives regarding safety, electromagnetic compatibility and restriction of dangerous substances. In this article, we will explore the requirements and procedures needed to obtain the… Read more

Certification of microcontroller-based automation systems: the importance of testing and the certification process

Microcontroller-based automation systems are increasingly widespread in various industrial sectors, offering significant advantages in terms of efficiency and control. However, it is essential to subject these systems to thorough and comprehensive testing to ensure that they comply with the required quality and safety standards. In this article, we will explore the tests to perform… Read more

The CE marking of meters and sensors for professional sport

The exponential growth of technologies related to sports sensors opens new frontiers in the study of professional sports activity. From this type of device numerous advantages can be obtained such as increasing the effectiveness of the athletic gesture, the ability to measure results, the possibility of predicting problems and injuries and in general quickly extracting important information... Read more

Motorized shutters: CE marking, standards and safety

The home automation sector which concerns the "living" aspects of modern homes is extremely varied from a product point of view. These are devices aimed at making the management of some basic aspects of the home related to climate, ventilation, lighting and much more smart. Increasingly widespread in the home automation context, motorized shutters are an excellent … Read more

High tech hydromassage and saunas: the CE marking to market them

Home saunas and hydromassage tubs are among the most popular furnishing products dedicated to well-being, today much more accessible to various categories of users than in the past. Whether they are more or less traditional saunas and hot tubs, their operations have changed relatively little over time. However, they have been implemented… Read more

Compulsory cybersecurity for CE marking: rules and procedures

IT security is a necessary requirement for obtaining the CE marking for radio equipment, thanks to the provisions of the European Commission on the matter. The Delegated Regulation (EU) 2022/30 - which entered into force on 02/11/2022 - finds its application starting from 08/1/2024, giving manufacturers a transition period necessary to adapt the devices... Read more

Stoves and boilers: CE marking and placing on the market

To be marketed legitimately and safely, stoves and boilers must obtain the CE marking which guarantees the consumer the conformity of the product itself with all the provisions of the European Community, in terms of health protection, safety and environmental protection. The CE marking of stoves and boilers is therefore a mandatory procedure, which... Read more

Smartwatch between CE marking, regulations and growing market

Evolution of the classic wristwatch from an Internet of Things perspective, the smartwatch establishes itself as one of the most successful products in the "wearable technology" category. Among the key features that motivate the sharp increase in demand for these devices, there are the opportunity to monitor calls, messages and emails immediately; the possibility … Read more

Bluetooth speakers: the CE marking for loudspeakers

Extremely popular devices in the field of home entertainment, Bluetooth speakers are able to combine a good degree of practicality and a qualitative performance of audio reproduction consistent with the expectations linked to the product. Their clear success on the market is due to the practicality of short-distance digital data exchange with consumption of ... Read more

The medical device market in Italy and Europe: a constantly growing sector

The Italian and European medical device sector has grown steadily over the last decade, thanks to the ever-present demand for innovative devices, which leads to greater investments in research and development and the design of cutting-edge medical technologies. The medical device production sector in Italy The medical device sector in Italy generates… Read more

Air purifiers and sanitizers are not medical devices

As highlighted by the European document "Manual on Borderline and Classification in the Community Regulatory Framework for medical devices", air purifiers and sanitizers cannot present the CE marking as medical devices, since they are not considered such. At a national level, this concept was taken up and clarified in the Circular of the Ministry of Health of 11 June... Read more

RoHS Directive: the chemical analysis of materials to obtain certification

rohs directive

In terms of restrictions on the use of dangerous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (EEE), Directive 2011/65/EU – also called RoHS II – replaced Directive 2002/95/EC. Defined by the acronym "Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive", the RoHS is aimed at bringing together the legislation of the Member States on the restrictions of the use of hazardous substances in equipment... Read more

UKCA marking: how to proceed with UK compliance

Marking-UKCA

By leaving the European Union, the United Kingdom has adopted new regulations to replace those of community legislation. One of the major regulatory transitions was the move from the EU CE marking – which is a clear indicator that products conform to European product standards – to the newly created UK Conformity Assessed (UKCA). The … Read more

The value of pretesting in the production and marketing process

The need to verify the quality and safety of marketed products, and their components, through laboratory tests is a necessity - and an obligation - which is very present at different levels of the marketing process. Whether they are very structured companies operating on the global market, or small-to-medium sized companies... Read more

Video, audio and hobbies. Smart home automation and entertainment

The possibilities of use related to home automation are many and extremely varied; they range from guaranteeing an excellent level of safety for homes, through limiting waste, thanks to the smart management of electricity, water and gas systems. And between regulation of flows and supplies, surveillance and safety systems - ... Read more

The management of domestic life is in the name of home automation

smart-home-domotics

The home automation sector is extremely varied from a product point of view. It ranges from devices linked to the world of entertainment - including audio, video, cooking, hobbies - passing through the world dedicated to home security (the characteristics and market of which we have explored in depth in this article), arriving at home automation which concerns the " living” of the home. … Read more

Home security with home automation: possibilities and scenarios

home automation-security

A clearly expanding market sector, home automation is proposed as one of the most prosperous production sectors of the two-year period 2020-2021, both at a national and global level. The Italian market managed to close 2020 with a balance of 505 million euros - thanks primarily to home automation solutions for security... Read more

AG energy labeling: features and advantages

eu labelling

A valuable tool for consumers and companies for twenty-five years, EU energy labeling presents itself as an effective and clear guide for the purchase and division into classes of highly energy efficient products. Since 1995, in fact, the 85% of European consumers recognizes it and uses it at the time of purchase. To date, as is known, this system has been… Read more

Sicom Testing, 17 years of many achievements and new perspectives

Team in the office

An anniversary made of satisfactions, innovation and nascent projects is the one that sees Sicom Testing as protagonist in 2020, 17 years after its foundation, which took place in 2003 in the AREA Science Park in Trieste. The company then began as a laboratory dedicated to the testing of mobile phones and radio equipment: a specialization that made room for a proposal… Read more

Sanitization of environments with UVC lamps: specificities and advantages

disinfection

Technologies for sanitizing environments are among the most useful and sought after for the restart phase after the pandemic. These are technologies based on ionization, photocatalysis, ozonation, filtering, which become fundamental tools for limiting the risk of spread of viruses and bacteria in public buildings, homes, but also hospitals and transport. Between … Read more

Dimmers for LED systems: techniques and characteristics

Thanks to the ever-increasing attention paid to the environment, pollution and energy saving, the use of LED technologies - in housing solutions, public and private structures - presents itself as a dominant reality in terms of diffusion and advantages. Among the key values that make this system an effective option, we find the long lifespan – a… Read more

Withdrawal of products from the market and sanctions: violation of the CE marking

Withdrawal of products from the market

As is known, CE certification is an indispensable element for the marketing of certain types of products on the European market. It is defined by the application of standards and directives which certify the conformity of the product with all the provisions of the European Community in terms of health protection, safety and environmental protection. Obtaining – and maintaining… Read more

The Energy Labeling Directive

Energy efficiency

The European Energy Labeling Directive (Regulation (EU) 2017/1369) establishes a framework that applies to energy-related products placed on the market or put into service. This involves the labeling of such products and the provision of uniform information relating to the energy efficiency, consumption of energy and other resources by the products during use, … Read more

The Ecodesign Directive (ErP)

Eco-friendly design

The European Ecodesign Directive 2009/125/EC (ErP) establishes a regulatory framework for placing energy-related equipment on the European market. It ensures the possibility of harmonizing at Community level the eco-design specifications of all significant energy-related products. The directive also contributes to sustainable development by increasing energy efficiency and the level… Read more

The Machinery Directive (MD)

Machine tool

The European Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC (MD) constitutes the regulatory basis for the harmonization of essential safety requirements for machinery at European level. The directive guarantees the free movement of machinery within the single market, as well as a correct level of protection for workers and citizens of the Union. This directive is part of the legislative framework for… Read more

LED technology: advantages and uses in lighting

LED (Light Emitting Diodes) lighting technologies continue to benefit from widespread diffusion on the national and international market, as they are eco-friendly alternatives to traditional lighting technologies. This recognition of values - on an ecological, economic and functional level - between producers and consumers means that the LED lighting market is growing significantly, being ... Read more

Internet of Things and compliance: CE certification of IoT devices

Internet of things

Born from the combination of sensors and network communication of digital devices, the Internet of Things (IoT) continues to establish itself as the paradigm that redefines the technological and productive ecosystems of information technology. These are electronic devices connected to the Internet for the substantial purpose of collecting and transferring information, automating functions and allowing improved monitoring and control. … Read more

Manufacturer, importer, distributor: roles and obligations for CE marking

CE marking for household appliances

CE certification is an essential element for the marketing of certain types of products on the European market. The CE mark guarantees the consumer the conformity of the product itself with all the provisions of the European Community, in terms of health protection, safety and environmental protection. As highlighted in the decision of the European Parliament and… Read more

The European Regulation 2017/745 on medical devices

Motorized bed

The new Regulation (EU) 2017/745 on medical devices, which came into force on 25 May 2017 and which repeals the previous Directive 93/42/EEC, introduces various changes in the regulatory framework governing the placing of medical devices on the European market. These are relevant changes that involve the broadening of the product definition, better traceability of devices, more effective control… Read more

Trade in Europe of products from the United Kingdom

Brexit

The European Commission has released a document regarding the consequences of Brexit on trade in Europe in products from the United Kingdom. The document deals with all products introduced into the European Community, excluding food and agricultural products, starting from 30 March 2019, the date on which the United Kingdom will leave the Community... Read more

The compliance of wearable devices

Wearable

In the context of the Internet of Things, one of the sectors that is spreading rapidly is that of wearable devices. These are all those electronic devices, often equipped with radio technologies, which can be worn and which generally contribute to the quality of life. The emerging wearables market includes smartwatches, fitness bracelets,… Read more

Harmonized standards and European directives for CE marking

CEN CENELEC ETSI

What are harmonized technical standards? Harmonized standards are standards that describe how to verify the requirements set by directives on safety, health and environmental protection. The wording "harmonized standard" is synonymous with "harmonized standard". Who develops the harmonized standards? The harmonized technical standards are developed by the Bodies… Read more

EUROPEAN provisions on the reissuance of test reports

As established in recent years, accredited testing laboratories cannot re-issue test reports changing the information relating to the product name, customer name, batch number following customer requests and with explicit reference to the previously issued test report. This is what has been arranged by the bodies of… Read more