The European legislation, and more specifically the article 30.2 of the Community regulation CE 765 / 208, says that CE marking should only be displayed on those products where CE marking is compulsory, according to the Community laws of harmonization. Some products are required to bear CE marking. This requirement comes reflected in regulatory texts of the administration. CE marking is prohibited in all those products for which such marking is not provided for.
As the Royal Decree RD 1435/1992 indicates, CE marking must be applied on “a set of parts or devices joined together, of which one at least must be mobile and, where applicable, operating mechanisms, control and power circuits, or other parts joined together for a specific application, in particular for the processing, treatment, moving or packaging of a material“, and specifically excludes among others “machinery whose only power source is the directly applied human effort, unless the machine is intended for lifting load“.
This Decree indicates that a mobile ladder could not be considered as a machine, unless it integrates some kind of engine.
Likewise, CE marking should not be used in the case of ladders whose sections can be raised, as for example in combination or extension ladders, since the manual handling of these sections does not imply lifting loads with human force as the Royal Decree RD 1435/ 1992 establishes.