Is UK really sharpening its teeth for CE Marking Enforcement?
Is the UK really sharpening its teeth regarding CE Marking Enforcement? asks Steve Hayes, EMC & Safety Managing Director, TRaC
The UK’s Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has recently started a consultation on how it will implement the New Legislative Framework into UK law.
One of the aims of this directive is to change the law such that enforcement action can be taken against those who do not comply with the rules. In principle, this is a great step forward, however, it will be completely wasted if no additional resource is put into enforcing the regulations.
Resources are currently undefined but it is unlikely that any government budget will be increased in the months ahead.
A monetary fine of £5,000 will be levied for those ‘economic operators’ who do not comply.
The issue though is that a £5,000 fine is not going to act as a deterrent; breaching the Data Protection Act, as an example, can now incur a fine of up to £500,000. So with benchmarks like this, the UK needs to sharpen its teeth and raise the penalties sufficiently, to make sure that non-compliance is taken seriously by industry.
Previous Certification & Test entries:
* What’s the difference between the UL and MET Listed Marks?
* Military environments warrant separate standards?
* Military CE Marking – Let’s Work Together
* Why are there so many emissions standards?
* What’s the point in CE Marking military equipment?
* Navigating the approvals process for RF enabled medical devices
* Seven Reasons to Conduct Pre-Compliance EMC Testing
* And you thought your EMC tests were difficult!
* Regulation of energy efficiency presents new certification challenges
* Why does volcanic ash cause aircraft flights to be cancelled?
* 14 environments with explosive atmospheres
* Electronics in explosive atmospheres – standards stop things going bang!
* A guide to reliability testing, part 3 – Environmental Stress Screening
* A guide to reliability testing, part 2 – HASS
* A guide to reliability testing, part 1 – HALT
* Certification & Test: Flammable atmospheres – A change to the ATEX Standards for zone 2 equipment
* Certification & Test: How to make sure products comply with Noise at Work regulations
* Certification & Test: The impact of the Noise at Work Directive on your designs
* Certification & Test: How am I going to test that?
* Certification & Test: Electrical safety is still important!
* Certification & Test: Why bother with vibration testing?
* Certification & Test: Do I really need earthquake testing?
* Certification & Test: Differences between earthquake and vibration testing?
* Certification & Test: Safety – it’s a complex business!
* Certification & Test: What’s the point of a Notified Body?
* Certification & Test: The difference between Bluetooth and ZigBee testing?
* Certification & Test: Is above 1GHz the new Wild West?
* Certification & Test: Where have all the ZigBee products come from?
Related Tech News
Cracks were first discovered in December last year, on a…more »
Military vehicles used worldwide operate in harsh electro-magnetic environments caused…more »
London 2012 is not just about the Olympics; it's also…more »
Whether you are browsing the internet on your smart phone or cleaning your teeth with…more »
Share your knowledge - Leave a comment