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The manufacture and use of cable trays are subject to strict and precise regulations.  CABLOFIL gives an update on the applicable texts and ensures its products are compliant.


A directive defines the requirements related to the effects of the products on property and people, but it does not explain in direct terms how to comply:  this is the function of standards.


The following directives apply directly to cable trays:

  • The Low Voltage Directive 2006/95/EC, referred to as the "LVD", previously 73/23/EEC
  • The 93/68/EEC Directive, referred to as "CE Marking"

The "CE Marking" Directive

The 93/68/EEC Directive, known as the "CE Marking" Directive, modifies the Low Voltage Directive as far as procedures relating to assessment and conformity marking are concerned.


The 2002/95/CE Directive (Restriction of Hazardous Substances), referred to as RoHS, aims to restrict the use of six hazardous substances (lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE)).  It came into effect on the 1st of July, 2006.

Although cable trays are exempt from the scope of this directive, CABLOFIL products contain none of the substances targeted by this directive.

The EMC Directive 89/336/EEC, repeated by the 2004/108/EC Directive

The EMC Directive 2004/108/EC applies exclusively to active components (i.e. those carrying a current or subject to a voltage).

Cable trays which are by definition passive components, are therefore unaffected by this directive.

When correctly connected to the earth network, the metallic cable tray plays a positive role in terms of an installation's EMC.

Cable Trays

The NEMA VE standard for cable trays is the "product" standard which defines the requirements and tests for cable tray and cable ladder systems.  As IEC 61 357 is the only harmonized standard at a European level, it is the reference when marking CE on the products, as requested in the LVD.

Currently, all CABLOFIL cable trays and accessories comply with European standards.  The products are therefore marked with the CE logo.

CE Marking