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CE Marking:  The General Product Safety Directive


I’ve said a few times in this blog series that one of the big reasons to get CE marking is that everything produced for sale within the EU falls under some form of legislation and at least with CE marking you know what it is. In preparation for a Podcast with BGDL I’ve finally tracked down what exactly it is that you operate under without it, namely GPSD 2001/95/EC. GPSD stands for General Product Safety Directives, and if your product doesn’t fall under CE marking guidelines or other more specific guidelines (such as pharmaceuticals) then that’s what covers it.

First, to make it clear, there are two actual options for your game in relation to safety marking:

  1. You put the CE mark on it, and get the CE testing to justify it.

  2. You don’t put a CE mark on it but put on a 14+ age range that you can defend then make sure it passes under GPSD legislation.

What you cannot do is CE mark it, place on a 14+ age rating and then not test it, the CE mark means it has been tested under CE legislation and the 14+ rating is then intended as a guideline only. If you’re using the 14+ age rating to justify not testing you cannot use the CE mark because you are claiming not to fall under CE legislation