According to an article in EDN, a sister publication to Design News, the European Union (EU) has adopted three new regulations aiming to revise the New Regulatory Framework (NRF) for directives within its member states. The regulations, which the EU adopted in 2008, were all in force as of Jan. 1, 2010, and require a common framework for the marketing of products. The new regulations specify the format for any new directives the EU adopted, which require CE marking. CE marking is a mandatory conformity mark on many products placed on market in the European Economic Area certifying that the product has met EU consumer-safety, health or environmental requirements.
As of December 2009, the RoHS directive was not a CE-mark directive. However, the European Commission’s proposals to amend RoHS include changes that could make RoHS a “new approach” NRF directive requiring CE marking of products.