CE Marking Military Equipment

Military equipment does not have a general exemption to CE marking requirements: exemptions are contained within certain directives such as 1999/5/EC R&TTE and 2011/65/RoHS, but other directives such as EMC and Low Voltage Directives do not contain any exemption.

Military Equipment and the EMC Directive – a brief overview

In common with other national legislation in the EU, the UK EMC regulations (SI 2006/3418) implementing the EMC Directive into national law does not contain an exemption for military equipment that was previously included in implementation of old directive 89/336/EEC. As a result Military Equipment must comply with the EMC Directive unless subject to an explicit exemption.

Equipment “exclusively used for activities concerning public security, defence, State security and the activities of the State in the area of criminal law” is exempt from R&TTE Directive and there is a similar exemption for R0HS as well.

As fixing the CE mark to a product is a declaration that the product complies with all applicable directives, manufacturers of military equipment now have to ensure that products comply with relevant EMC, safety and other applicable requirements prior to CE marking and placing the product on the market or into service.

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Technical justification, such as comparing emissions against Military limits with commercial limits, can help minimise additional testing.