CE Marking was introduced to enable the free movement of goods, products and equipment within the European Union. When applying the CE mark to any item, the manufacturer is declaring that it complies with the requirements of all applicable European Directives.

The CE mark should only be applied when the type of product falls within the scope of the Directive that is detailed in a corresponding EC Declaration of Conformity.

The following EC Directives could be considered as being applicable to the majority of electrical equipment :-

Directive 73/23/EEC – The Low Voltage Directive (LVD)
Directive 89/336/EEC – The Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Directive
Directive 2002/95/EC – The Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive
Directive 2002/96/EC – The Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive
Directive 94/9/EC – The Equipment intended for use in Potentially Explosive Atmosphere (ATEX) Directive

Whilst cable glands are intended for the connection of electrical cables, and after installation become an integral part of the electrical system, they are not electrically connected to the cable conductors. They are primarily mechanical devices used in the sealing of cables entering electrical equipment. In the case of armoured cables, their application involves the termination of the metallic armour and in this case may only be subject to a current carrying function in the event of an earth fault.

The applicability of the above Directives in respect of CMP cable glands is fully explained in CE Marking and the ATEX Directives.

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