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Should hygiene and cleaning products have CE and UKCA markings?

The letters ‘CE’ appear on many products traded on the extended Single Market in the European Economic Area (EEA). They signify that products sold in the EEA have been assessed to meet high safety, health, and environmental protection requirements.

When you buy a new phone, a teddy bear, or a TV within the EEA, you can find the CE mark on them. CE marking also supports fair competition by holding all companies accountable to the same rules.

By affixing the CE marking to a product, a manufacturer declares that the product meets all the legal requirements for CE marking and can be sold throughout the EEA. This also applies to products made in other countries that are sold in the EEA.


CE marking is not mandatory for all product categories

CE marking is mandatory in the EU, but only for those products which are covered by the scope of one or more of the so called ‘New Approach’ Directives. The full list of these product categories is below:

• active implantable medical devices
• appliances burning gaseous fuels
• cableway installations designed to carry persons
• eco-design of energy related products
• electromagnetic compatibility
• equipment and protective systems intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres
• explosives for civil uses
• hot-water boilers
• household refrigerators and freezers
• in vitro diagnostic medical devices
• lifts
• low voltage
• machinery
• measuring instruments
• medical devices
• noise emission in the environment
• non-automatic weighing instruments
• personal protective equipment
• pressure equipment
• pyrotechnics
• radio and telecommunications terminal equipment
• recreational craft
• safety of toys
• simple pressure vessels

The CE marking is not required for items, for example:

• chemicals
• pharmaceuticals
• cosmetics and foodstuffs


The CE mark is not applicable for Cleenol's products

Cleenol is recognised as one of the UK’s leading innovators, manufacturers and suppliers of quality cleaning and hygiene products. Our products are not subject to any of the New Approach Directives, and therefore the CE mark is not applicable.


A new conformity marking terminology: CE, UKCA and UKNI Markings

Introduced following the UK Withdrawal from the European Union, the UKCA (UK Conformity Assessed) marking is a new UK product marking that is used for goods being placed on the market in Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland). The UKNI applies to products on the Northern Ireland market.

They cover most goods which previously required the CE marking, and are therefore also not applicable to Cleenol products.

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