January 26, 2016
Starting April 20th, 2016 the current European Union directives for EMC and Low Voltage begin their transition to the new EMC requirements in Directive 2014/30/EU and new requirements for electrical safety in Directive 2014/35/EU.
For EMC, the new directive 2014/30/EU will not significantly impact the continuing compliance or new compliance for most products. One noted exception will be for broadcast receivers which are moving from the scope of the EMC Directive to the new Radio Equipment Directive.
The technical requirements for EMC will still be defined through harmonized EN standards and the requirements will not change significantly for most products as a result of the transition. However, all harmonized standards are regularly updated as they evolve with technology. It’s the manufacturer’s obligation to review the “Europa” website Official Journal on a regular basis and ensure their products remain compliant with the most current revision of the harmonized standards.
We recommend manufacturers read the new directives and information provided at the Europa website or contact Elite to understand how the changes may impact individual products and unique cases.
At a minimum…
- Check revision dates of the harmonized standards listed on technical reports and compare them to the current revision of the Official Journal.
- Review and update the Declaration of Conformity (DoC) accordingly (See Annex IV)
- Clearly identify the apparatus in the DoC to allow traceability.
- Review the CE label and confirm it’s correctly applied
- Confirm the operator’s information and technical instructions comply with the directive’s requirements. (See Annex II (3)).
Contact the Elite sales team to review your current technical documentation and verify the steps required to remain compliant.