CE conformity

CE labelling of Rittal empty enclosures

With regard to CE labelling, empty enclosures fall under mandatory labelling in line with the EC Low Voltage Directive 2014/35/EU based on type testing to DIN EN 62208.

Other relevant Directives not applicable to empty enclosures:

Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC
EMC Directive 2014/30/EU

The empty enclosure standard DIN EN 62208 is only listed after the Low-Voltage Directive as a standard for assessing conformity with the requirements of the Directive. For this reason, empty enclosures are not given a CE label in relation to other Directives.

In principle, labelling is implemented on the rating plates for all enclosures to be used as type-tested empty enclosures to DIN EN 62208 for low-voltage switchgear combinations to DIN EN 61439-1/-2. Declarations of conformity are provided online on the relevant product pages.

Because the standard used as the basis for labelling does not apply to enclosures covered by specific product standards (for example, electronic cases to IEC 60297 or enclosures for IT equipment), the current status is that only typical “industrial enclosures” for low-voltage switchgear assemblies are labelled.


Basic information about CE labelling

Background information:

CE labelling is not the same as certification, where a manufacturer voluntarily has the positive properties of their products confirmed by test institutes.

It is a legally prescribed label for all products which comply with EU Directives.

The main aim of CE labelling is to eliminate barriers to trade within EU Member States. The CE symbol is an administrative symbol, and was not originally intended for consumers and end clients. It was designed as an indication to the market surveillance authorities that the labelled products meet the requirements of the technical harmonisation directives, particularly safety requirements. It can be viewed as a kind of ""technical passport"" for certain products within the European Economic Area.

CE labelling is based on the harmonisation concept of the European Union, which attaches growing importance to European standardisation and the mutual recognition of existing national regulations, standards and specifications. This is intended primarily to protect consumers, with an emphasis on health, safety and the environment.