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Product Compliance

Legislation of Products

Conformity Assessment

Conformity assessment is an important part of the product's marketability process in the EU. It depends on various EU regulations and their domestic implementation. The basic requirement for placing products on the EU market is a CE mark. With a CE mark the manufacturer declares the product`s compliance with all required EU regulations. Furthermore, it proves that the product has been subjected to the required assessment procedure.

State of The Art Regulations

The conformity assessment procedure represents a major challenge for many companies, especially with regard to constantly changing legislation. They therefore need to adapt to state of the art regulations. In addition to this, a general overview is also vital for success. Even before the products are placed on the market, the manufacturer has to consider the whole product lifecycle.

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Machinery Directive

The operation of machinery in Europe is subject to different requirements resulting from EU regulation. It currently consists of 24 directives and their concretising harmonised standards. As a result, they indicate conformity with state of the art regulations. The following cases provide information about the complex requirements on machines such as the Machinery Directive (2006/42/EC). In addition to this, equipment or machinery needs to comply with the Low Voltage Directive (2014/35/EU), Explosion Safety (ATEX 2014/34/EU) or Electromagnetic Compatibility Directive (2014/30/EU).

Electric Small Vehicle Ordinance

On the 3rd of April 2019, the German Bundestag passed the Small Electric Vehicle Ordinance. The Federal Council is expected to deal with the regulation on 17 May 2019. The approval is considered certain, so that the ordinance is expected to come into force this spring.

The Electric Small Vehicle Ordinance is intended to enable "electrically powered vehicles without seats and self-balancing vehicles" to participate in public road traffic. This refers to so-called e-scooters or electric pedal-scooters, the use of which can already be observed today on sidewalks and roads in many German cities. So far, driving such a small electric vehicle has been an offence.

Miniature electric vehicles in the sense of the regulation
- reach a maximum speed of 20 km/h due to their design,
- have a steering or holding bar,
- have a power limit of 500 watts (1,400 watts for self-balancing vehicles), and
- require an insurance sticker.
For very small electric vehicles, the first priority is to obtain a general operating permit from the Federal Motor Transport Authority.
In order to avoid costly product recalls, you should also subject your very small electric vehicle to a comprehensive product compliance check (e.g. CE conformity, REACH, RoHS, RAPEX).

We will be happy to help you conquer the German market with your miniature electric vehicle.





How can we support you?
We can...

  • perform product-specific reviews of applicable legislation

  • help you to implement the CE conformity assessment procedure

  • write the technical documentation or guide you through the process

  • review and implement the labeling requirements

  • determine the essential health and safety requirements through

  • support you to establish a safety concept

  • technically support you by specifying your safety design

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