Prepare for the Radio Equipment Directive (2014/53/EU) June 13th, 2016

The new Radio Equipment Directive (RED) begins its transition on June 13th, 2016.   Manufacturers can continue listing compliance with the R&TTE until June 13 2017 and can still reference harmonized standards for the R&TTE until this date.  However all new radio equipment will need to comply with the RED after June 13 2017.

Download European Commission explanation on transition dates.

The technical requirements for radio transmitters will continue to be defined through harmonized EN standards and for the most part the standards will not significantly change strictly as a result of the transition.  However, wireless harmonized standards are regularly updated as they evolve for new technology.  Looking forward, wireless manufacturers should expect new test requirements for receiver performance and other spectrum sharing techniques like “listen before talk” or adaptive frequency agility.  

Some EMC and electrical safety standards currently listed in the R&TTE may not be updated in time for inclusion in the official journal for the RED by June 13 2016.  We anticipate a level of confusion over the next several months regarding self-declaration of transmitters especially for determining the appropriate electrical safety standards.  Contact Elite for the latest status on suitable standards.

Over the next few years, the EU will be working toward a more rigorous system of market surveillance that may include product registration and database listing for products having a high rate of non-compliance.

Other key points to review in the RED include the following sections.

·         Traceability information (art. 10.7 and 12.3)

·         Frequency bands and max transmitted power (art 10.8)

·         EU DoC (art 10.9)

Download Radio Equipment Directive 2014_53_EU.

There is a significant effort by ETSI and the European Commission to develop the standards and processes for wireless transmitter compliance. As these requirements develop Elite will make the information available to clients by Blog and website.