What the "CE" symbol means on your electronic devices

Finally found the answer!

Per Newsweek's Tip Sheet, 2004-06-07 p79:

"CE" stands for the French term Conformite Europeenne (European Conformity) [note: diacritical marks excluded]. The symbol shows up on products like electronic gadgets, medical devices and toys to demonstrate that they comply with legal requirements in the European Union. Why does it appear here? To make life easier, says Paco Cabeza-Lopez of the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization, products from big manufacturers include "every single certification mark they have." It's sort of like bringing your U.S. passport on vacation to Hawaii.

Written by Andrew Ittner in misc on Sat 18 February 2006. Tags: technology