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CE Mark Explained

The CE Mark and complying with the PPE Directive: 89/686/EEC. The directive specifies two classes of glove meeting two levels of risk: 'minimal' and 'mortal' or 'irreversible' risk. A risk which falls between these two levels may be described as 'intermediate'. To comply with the 89/656/EEC Directive, you must establish the level of risk and select gloves of the appropriate class. A system of marking has been developed to help you in that selection.


Category I: Gloves of simple design - for minimal risk only

Category I: Gloves of simple design - for minimal risk only

For gloves of simple design offering protection from low level risks e.g. janitorial gloves, manufacturers are permitted to test and certify gloves themselves.

Category II: Gloves of intermediate design - For intermediate risk

Category II: Gloves of intermediate design - For intermediate risk

Gloves designed to protect against intermediate risk (e.g. general handling gloves requiring good cut, puncture and abrasion performance) must be subjected to independent testing and certification by a notified body. Only these approved bodies may issue a CE mark, without which the gloves may not be sold. Each notified body has its own identification number. The name and address of the notified body that certifies the product has to appear on the instructions for use that will accompany the gloves.

Category III: Gloves of complex design - For irreversible or mortal risk

Category III: Gloves of complex design - For irreversible or mortal risk

Gloves designed to protect against the highest levels of risk, e.g. chemicals, must also be tested and certified by a notified body. In addition, the quality assurance system used by the manufacturer to guarantee homogeneity of production or the quality consistency testing of the final product must be independently checked. The body carrying out this evaluation will be identified by a number which must appear alongside the CE mark (in this case, 0493).