CE mark can be confused
But appearance and content are different
The picture above shows how the letters of the European CE mark look and are placed.
Notice that the E starts out in the ‘circle’ if you imagine the C was a circle.
The China Export CE mark uses exactly the same letters, but here the letters are placed closer to each other.
Therefore, there is no doubt, if you otherwise get a closer look at the marking.
You can see an example of what the Chinese CE mark looks like below.
Here is an example of the Chinese CE mark. The two letters are identical to the European ones, but are placed much closer. In contrast to the EU label, there are no fixed requirements for exactly how the letters should be in relation to each other. But they will always be closer than the letters in the EU’s CE mark.
Big difference in content
The European CE mark is short for Conformité Européene (European Conformity) and indicates that a product meets European safety, health and environmental protection standards.
It is a statutory mark for a wide range of products sold within the European Economic Area (EEA).
The CE mark China Export, on the other hand, is simply information that the product originates from China.
What significance can it have to get it wrong?
If you buy a machine that must meet the European standards, it is extra important to check that the machine has the correct CE mark.
Unfortunately, there are many people who think that it is the European CE mark that is on the machine they are buying. And if they ask in China if the machine is CE marked, the answer will typically be yes – because the machine has the Chinese CE mark.
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