The CE mark is a key indicator of a product’s compliance with EU legislation. By affixing the CE marking on a product, a manufacturer is declaring, on his sole responsibility, conformity with all of the legal requirements to achieve CE marking. It is not a guarantee of quality; it is not a quality mark, it does not imply any form of official approval as it is not issued by any official body and there is no such thing as an official ‘CE Certificate’– rather, it is a way of providing definitive information about a product so that the specifier can make an informed choice. As different countries may have different standards for, say, efficiency, or fire-resistance or smoke emission, this means that they may choose to prohibit certain products even if they have met the minimum requirements laid down in the EN Standard. For instance, the UK applies a different smoke emission standard while Germany applies a higher efficiency standard.

Currently all stoves imported into the UK require CE approval to ensure that they conform to European safety and efficiency standards – EN 13240 for freestanding stoves and EN 13229 for inset stoves.

The improper application of a CE Mark, or an improper claim of conformity to EN Standards can constitute a criminal offence of deception, which in the UK can carry a penalty of up to 10 years imprisonment + an unlimited fine + confiscation of property + debarment from serving as a company director.