CE markings of a programming adapter?

Started by neo, March 24, 2018, 06:09:40 pm

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neo

I've a question about the CE certification and found following thread: https://www.olimex.com/forum/index.php?topic=1663.msg7870#msg7870

Afaik. development board are exempt as they are not a finished product for the end user.  But what about products like this programmer: https://www.olimex.com/Products/AVR/Programmers/AVR-ISP-MK2/open-source-hardware ?

I thought this counts as end user product and has to have a CE marking, but mine doesn't?

I'm asking because I'd like to sell my own products at some point and currently try to figure out how to avoid a 4-7000€ CE certification (e.g. selling as self assembly kits).

LubOlimex

As you see on the web-page of the programmer there is a link under the "NOTICE" paragraph, it links here: https://www.olimex.com/Products/Disclamer/evaluation-board-notice/
Technical support and documentation manager at Olimex

olimex

Not only certification is expensive, but each time you change something or fix something you have to re-certify.
Development boards and laboratory equipment is CE mark certification exempt, as dedicated to be used in laboratory and by skilled personal.
CE is to protect silly user to harm itself by the product use or to prevent your product use to interference with other equipment.
Development boards and tools are used only by people who usually know what they do and in laboratory and exempt.

neo

Thanks a lot for the answers. Of course certification is a costly process. I just wasn't sure if the exception is also valid for the programmer.