The EMC Directive 89/336/EEC came into force on 1 January 1992 and has been applied as national law since 1 January 1996. In Germany, it is the EMC Act. This directive was created in order to harmonise the legal provisions of the member states on electromagnetic compatibility (EMC). The aim is to achieve an approximation of the European internal market. Products that guarantee conformity throughout Europe are marked with the CE mark
. The 1992 EU Directive was harmonised with the aim of promoting the internal market and thus became the EMC Directive 2004/108/EC. The EMC Directive of 2004 provides clarity
as to which components, assemblies, devices and systems fall under the directive. In addition, products are clearly defined which, due to their physical properties, cause very little interference or are very insensitive to interference and do not fall under the EMC Directive. The German Electromagnetic Compatibility Act, EMVG, has been in force since 9.10.1992, and thus the corresponding EC Directive is valid. This means that when it comes to laws, norms and standards, only the EC approvals are decisive. German and national standards and certifications are still possible.