Raspberry Pi Delayed Further Over CE Mark Compliance Issue

Pulkit Chandna

The $35 Raspberry Pi Linux computer continues to be dogged by delays. Earlier in March, the Raspberry Pi Foundation announced a “minor” manufacturing hiccup, which involved the diminutive PC getting fitted with the wrong type of Ethernet jack by accident. Now the UK-based charitable organization responsible for the eponymous Pi is having compliance issues in the land of the stiff upper lip. Hit the jump for more.

“Following on from last week’s discussions, both RS Components and element14/Premier Farnell have now informed us that they are not able to distribute the Raspberry Pi until it has received the CE [European Conformity] mark,” the Raspberry Foundation stated on its blog .

“While this differs from our historical view (as we’ve said before, we believed that the uncased Raspberry Pi was not a “finished end product”, and could be distributed on the same terms as earlier versions of the BeagleBoard and other non-CE-marked platforms), we respect their right to make that decision.”

However, the Raspberry Pi Foundation has been told by the UK’s Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) that the CE mark, a mandatory conformity mark for certain products in European Economic Area (EEA) countries, is required in their case (no pun intended).  Apparently, BIS does not deem the Pi a development board, for the “volumes involved and the demographic mix of likely users” is most likely to result in it being used as a finished product.

“The good news is that our first 2,000 boards arrived in the UK on Monday and that we are working to get them CE marked as soon as is humanly possible, in parallel with bringing the remainder of our initial batch into the country.”

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