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What trade requirements does the EU have for electric blankets?
Oct 27,2022


The CE certification of electric blankets exported to the EU is a mandatory requirement for products in EU law, focusing on the safety indicators of the products.


(1) Electrical safety

Electric blankets exported to the EU mainly need to pay attention to the mechanical certification (MD directive 2006/42/EC), low voltage certification (LVD directive 2014/35/EU) and electromagnetic compatibility certification (EMC directive 2014/30/EU) involved in CE certification.


The overall test standards include: EN 60335-1, EN 60335-2-17, EN55014-1, EN55014-2, EN 61000-3-2, EN 61000-3-3. In particular, it should be noted that the safety standard for electric blankets has just been revised in 2021, and the changes to the updated standard EN 60335-2-17:2013+A2:2021 require follow-up testing and certification.


For power plugs entering the EU market, different countries have different requirements for structural shape and electrical requirements. For example, the British system commonly uses 13A three flat plugs BS 1363 series, 2.5A two round flat plugs BS EN 50075 requirements, Germany and France system two round plugs VDE 0620-1, etc., as the mainstream test standards in Europe, require companies to follow up on the procurement and certification of components with regional differences.


The supply voltages across Europe are not exactly the same. For example: Turkey, Poland, Russia and other countries are AC 220V, 50Hz, while Finland, France, Germany, Italy and other countries are AC 230V, 50Hz, the United Kingdom is AC 240V, 50Hz and so on.


(2) Chemical risk

All electrical and electronic products under the jurisdiction of the CE mark must comply with the requirements of the RoHS Directive (Directive 2011/65/EU and Amendment Directive (EU) 2015/863). The RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU mainly regulates the limits of hazardous substances The maximum allowable content of lead (Pb), mercury (Hg), hexavalent chromium (Cr6+), polybrominated biphenyls (PBBs), polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) is 0.1% (1000ppm), and cadmium (Cd) is 0.01% % (100ppm), Amendment Directive (EU) 2015/863 added 4 items, the maximum allowable content of ophthalmic substances is 0.1% (1000ppm).


(3) Packaging label

The EU has been setting up import barriers for foreign products through product packaging and labeling. For flammable, explosive, corrosive products, and drugs, the law stipulates that their packaging and labels must meet a series of special labeling requirements.


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