Redefining Radio Equipment & Spectrum Efficiency
August 29th, 2013
With a productive meeting this past May in Dublin, the EU Commission’s Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) Committee drafted several proposed changes to the Radio Equipment Directive proposal (dated 10/27/2012).
4 things you need to know about R&TTE before considering the proposed changes:
- This report urges the revision of Directive 1999/5/EC on radio equipment and telecommunications terminal equipment and the mutual recognition of their conformity1 (R&TTE Directive) and is closely related to the implementation of the New Legislative Framework (NLF) adopted in 2008 as "the goods package".
- The R&TTE Directive establishes a framework for the putting on the market, free movement and putting into service in the EU of radio equipment and telecommunications terminal equipment.
The Directive includes essential requirements for:
- The protection of health and safety
- The protection of electromagnetic compatibility
- The avoidance of harmful interference
The recent unprecedented growth in mobile devices and wireless applications;
- Creates risks of interference between the various products
- Necessitates efficient use of the radio spectrum is essential
- (Referencing the Doc: PE510.528v01-00)
The main objectives to the draft proposal are:
- To improve the level of compliance with the requirements in the Directive, and to increase the confidence of all stakeholders in the regulatory framework;
- To clarify and simplify the Directive, including some limited adaptations of scope, so as to facilitate its application and eliminate unnecessary burden for economic operators and public authorities.
Some important changes - from our NIST representative (R. Saar):
Revised definition of “Radio Equipment” (and the Scope of the Directive):
- radio equipment’ means a product which intentionally emits or receives radio waves for communication, or a product which must be completed with an accessory, such as antenna, so as to emit or receive radio waves for communication
- Specifically, (1) receivers have been added back in to the Scope, and (2) equipment that does not communicate has been taken out of the Scope.
- Deletion of text related to the proposed equipment registration system.
For further details on the review of the R&TTE Directive, please contact Dan Crowder (email@example.com) and consult the following link: https://ec.europa.eu/growth/sectors/rtte/documents/legislation/review_en