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New radio equipment directive 2014/53/eu (red)

Consequences for radio equipment already on the market which complies to the present R&TTE Directive 1999/5/EC

The present R&TTE Directive 1999/5/EC will be replaced by the new Radio Equipment Directive 2014/53/EU. The new Radio Equipment Directive entered into force on the 12th of June 2016 with a transitional period of one year. This means that in the transitional period between the 12th of June 2016 and the 12th of June 2017 the conformity assessments procedures of either the R&TTE Directive or the Radio Equipment Directive can be applied to bring radio equipment onto the European market. After the 12th of June 2017 the present R&TTE Directive will be repealed. The transitional period of one year facilitates all parties concerned with radio equipment on the European market to address their activities to ensure they are in compliance with the Radio Equipment Directive.

The Radio Equipment Directive establishes legal requirements for the making available on the market and putting into service of radio equipment onto the European market. Radio equipment is legally defined as:

“an electrical or electronic product, which intentionally emits and/or receives radio waves for the purpose of radio communication and/or radiodetermination, or an electrical or electronic product which must be completed with an accessory, such as antenna, so as to intentionally emit and/or receive radio waves for the purpose of radio communication and/or radiodetermination”

Which defines that wireless communication devices are subjected to the new Radio Equipment Directive.

There are many radio equipment products on the European market which comply to the present R&TTE Directive. What must be taken into account is from the 12th of June 2017 the R&TTE Directive will be repealed and shall be replaced by the new Radio Equipment Directive. What will be the effect of the entering into force of the new Radio Equipment Directive for the existing radio equipment products on the European market which fall under the present R&TTE Directive?

The European Commission indicates that products must comply with the present legislation in force when placed on the market or being put into use. It is therefore essential for the radio equipment to determine when it was placed onto the European market. Legally, placing onto the market is defined as the making available onto the European market for the first time. Only a manufacturer or importer could place a product onto the European market. However, when a product model or type has been supplied in accordance with the R&TTE Directive until the 12th of June 2017, individual units of the same model or type that are placed onto the market after the 12th of June 2017 must comply to the new Radio Equipment Directive.

Thus, radio equipment products which are already placed on the European market are not affected by the new to implement legislation. What must be taken into account is that only the newly produced products which are intended to be placed onto the European market after the 12th of June 2017 will have to comply to the new Radio Equipment Directive.

What will the new Radio Equipment Directive mean for you as a radio equipment manufacturer?

  • The transitional period will end on the 12th of June 2017.
  • Units brought onto the market after the 12th of June 2017 must comply with the new Radio Equipment Directive.

Are your products in compliance with the new Radio Equipment Directive? Contact Certification Experts to verify whether your radio equipment complies to the new Radio Equipment Directive.

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