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CE mark for personal protective equipment

CE mark for personal protective equipment

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Access to the European personal protective equipment market

In the European Union and in the European Economic Area, the sale of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) must meet the technical criteria established in Directive 89/686/EECThis Directive applies to the manufacturers of Personal Protective Equipment, or their authorised representatives, importers, etc., that are responsible for compliance with the requirements.

The CE Mark and CE Declaration of Conformity ensure the free movement of PPEs within the European Market. Marketing PPEs may require that a Notified Body such as AENOR be engaged to issue a certificate in accordance with Article 11-B (depending on the type of hazard protected against): System for ensuring EC quality of production by means of monitoring.

AENOR is notified by the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism and accredited by the National Accreditation Entity (ENAC) for this certification.

For manufacturers of Personal Protection Equipment, the CE mark and the CE Declaration of Conformity allows for unrestricted access to the European Market, avoiding technical barriers. What's more, the CE Mark is recognised in other markets globally.

The CE Mark ensures consumers that the product will not compromise their safety and guarantees certain common safety standards in Europe.


Certification schemes are explained in Directive 89/686/EEC.

With regard to certification, AENOR is authorised to verify compliance of Category III PPEs, in accordance with Article 11-B, CE System for ensuring quality of production by means of monitoring.

Audit visits are included in a straightforward way in conventional ISO 9001 audits. They are certified by AENOR or other bodies.

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Security and protection products

AENOR assurance for fire protection​​​​​​​​, physical safety and individual and collective safety

ISO 9001

Quality management systems

​​​​ISO 9001 ​certification can be combined with CE marking certification

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