The Raspberry Pi cannot be sold until it receives a European CE certification.
It’s the latest in a series of blows to the much vaunted cheap Linux PC on a stick, which launched to great fanfare a month ago.
Intended as a way to help provide a programming environment for training and development, the Raspberry Pi was sold as a no-frills credit-card sized solution, available for just £22.
However, upon launch there have been a number of problems – the first being that higher than expected demand crashed the sales servers on the first day.
The latest problem is much more serious – the Raspberry Pi Foundation who launched the device have been told that they need CE certification to prove the device are safe for end users.
The CE certification – aka Conformité Européenne (CE) mark – is a standard for all electronics sold in Europe as an end product for users, and satisfies electromagnetic radiation safety regulations.
It appears that the Raspberry Pi Foundation didn’t believe they required one, considering the RP as a development product exempt from such rules – however, the need for certification has been slapped down on the company, which will delay sales.
According to a blog post at the company, “On the basis of preliminary measurements, we expect emissions from the uncased product to meet category A requirements comfortably without modification, and possibly to meet the more stringent category B requirements which we had originally expected would require a metalised case.”
The foundation has already received the first 2000 shipments for the UK, after a mix-up at the component supplier further delayed delivery dates, and the company is hoping to be able to start selling the Raspberry Pi as soon as possible.
While the delays are unwelcome for the foundation and customers alike, this was always going to be an extremely ambitious project – and judging by outstanding sales orders, once the RP is certified, supply should be able to catch up to demand.