Internet of Things and Compliance: CE certification of IoT devices

Born from the combination of sensors and communication network of digital devices, l’Internet of Things (IoT) continues to abut as the paradigm that redefines the technological and productive ecosystems informatics. These are electronic devices connected to the Internet at the substantial purpose of collecting and transfer information, automating functionality and allowing to improve monitoring and control.

Smart devices based on standard communication protocols, suitable for considerably wider application sectors. It ranges from the Mission Critical Massive IoT IoT - in relation to the application communication skills, to their reliability, latency, and the number of connected devices - investing in the fields of logistics, the "smart home" and the "smart city", factory automation, dell’automotive, but also to occupational health and safety.


The applications of the IoT are numerous and can be represented as all those contexts in which it is necessary to process information and create processes to implement the quality of life - and production quality – end-users and companies.

As known, the Internet of Things that profit from developments in the production of electronics and wireless communications sectors, going to encourage the retrieval capabilities of information and communication appliances, monitoring safety systems, wearable devices and health, relati devices in home automation, robotics, farming, but also transport, self-driving car and much more.

Focal Technologies at the base of the Internet of things, computational platforms - such as Arduino and Raspberry notes - Wi-Fi networks and Bluetooth, integrate da Edge Computing – decentralized IT architecture – to address latency issues, reliability and so on, and process large amounts of data in real time.

The commercialization of these devices - of course, subject to the CE certification of the products themselves - continues to benefit from solid growth. According to today's estimates, In the 2015 the IoT market presence stood on 18 billion connected devices; device which - as expected - will reach the number of about 50 billion in 2020.

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Obtaining the CE mark on IOT device

La certificazione CE It is an essential element for the marketing of products on the European market IoT, ensuring the consumer the conformity of the product with all the provisions of the European Community. The obligations for CE certification, as regulated by the Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council n. 768/2008/THIS, covering the different economic agents involved, whether it be the manufacturer, authorized representative, importer or distributor.

Among the main obligations contained to draft, or to prepare a competent laboratory as Sicom Testing, the procedure for assessment of conformity, the EU declaration of conformity, preparing a technical file for CE marking. The technical dossier - documentary proof of the object's compliance with the applicable regulations - must be kept for ten years. essential obligations to the CE certification of products, Furthermore, have the CE marking (which should be visible, leggibile e indelebile) as well as the sudden implementation of corrective action when the product placed on the market is then found not to conform to European Union directives.

To draw up the EU declaration of conformity and get the CE certification of products, The IoT devices must be subjected to tests and examinations stating their follow local guidelines. Among the relevant assessments - and performed by Sicom Testing - include:

  • Evidence of compliance during the certification process and pre-testing during the product design; tests for the control of production during the lifetime of the product itself;
    Tests for the certification of compatibilità elettromagnetica, to verify the Performance of the product and its immunity to external disturbances;
  • Radio tests Certification of full device communication capabilities that integrate Wi-Fi and Bluetooth;
  • Evidence of human exposure and SAR, for the verification of the "Specific Absorption Rate" for devices used in the vicinity of the ear and the body, needed particularly for wireless devices "wearable devices";
  • Electrical Safety Testing, for the compliance testing of electrical and electronic equipment IoT to the essential requirements of the LVD;
  • Tests on small and large appliances for domestic and industrial use: testing activities of appliances that include the integration of radio technologies, pivotal element IoT.

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4 comments on "Internet of Things and compliance: CE certification of IoT devices”

  1. Good evening, I'm designing an edge computing system, all hardware components are CE certified, I still have to certify the whole system or I can consider myself “certificate” view the documentation of the assembled material?

    • Good morning,

      Compliance with the applicable directives must be verified on the finished product, so that this can be marketed on the European market.
      Depending on the type of product, different directives are applied. For example, for electrical and electronic devices connected to the mains, the EMC and Low Voltage directives apply.. If they also have radio functionality instead fall under the radio directive which also includes the requirements of the previous.
      The product must be tested according to suitable harmonized standards, to demonstrate compliance with the requirements of the applicable Directives.
      The product documentation and the reports of the tests carried out must be collected in a technical file.
      The declaration of conformity of the product must be prepared and signed by the manufacturer.
      Sicom Testing can carry out the tests for you and prepare the technical file and the declaration of conformity.

      Kind regards
      Sicom Test


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