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      What is the “CE” mark on sunglasses?

      What is the “CE” mark on sunglasses? Is it important at all? I’ve recently started selling sunglasses and I’ve noticed that some have the mark and some don’t.
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      The CE mark is important if you want to meet the European Union standards. The mark is used on a variety of goods sold in the European Economic Area. Products that meet consumer safety, health, or environmental standards as outlined by the European Commission, receive the CE mark. The “CE” stands for European Conformity (in French, Conformité Européenne).

      For sunglasses, the CE mark shows that the product meets the following criteria:

      - EN 1836:2005 includes four transmittance ratings

      o “0” for insufficient UV protection
      o “2” for sufficient UHV protection
      o “6” for good UHV protection
      o “7” for full UHVV protection which means no more than 5% of 380nm rays are transmitted through the lenses.

      Having the CE mark does not mean the product was made in the EEA. It simply means that it meets EEA standards. So there could very well be products made in the USA that have the CE mark on them. If you are selling sunglasses in the UK that do not have the CE mark, there could be problems like penalties and fines. Sunglasses that do not bear the CE mark are not to be sold in the EEA due to health and safety reasons.
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      So this applies to imported products as well as products manufactured in the UK?

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      Yes, the CE mark absolutely applies to imported products as well as products made in the UK.

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      Since I don’t manufacture the sunglasses do I really need to be concerned about the CE marking?

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      The manufacturer is responsible for complying with the EEA requirements in order to use the CE mark. However, if you resell or distribute the product within the EEA then you assume that responsibility. If you sell any sunglasses that have the CE mark but do not actually comply with EEA standards, you would be liable and subject to penalties and fines.

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      Hmm, good to know. I’ll see about getting rid of these unmarked pairs as soon as possible then. Thanks!

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