Compliance tests concerning the CE marking to avoid market foreclosure

Certification and CE Marking

In the matter of compliance audits and CE marking still circulating "false interpretations" that it should be clarified, incorrect beliefs or practices that lasted for years and which, fortunately, are gradually disappearing due to the intensification of market controls.
We refer to a certain trend in the past between some manufacturers (assisted in the worst case of consultants) to interpret "reasonable" standards and guidelines and to look for "loopholes" to avoid subjecting the equipment to all appropriate compliance audits.
It is not difficult to imagine that these producers, by acting outside the laws, have not taken any benefit from these practices; Indeed, attended the withdrawal from the market of its products for non-compliance. In addition to prove ineffective, These "shortcuts" have led to the failure of these companies and have caused the natural foreclosure.

For the benefit of those working in this area, It needed a little’ clarity on some “false beliefs” concerning the compliance of electronic equipment, radio and telecommunications terminal equipment with the requirements for CE marking. There are still ambiguities in this and this is never Needless to explain the rules and procedures to be followed for a correct approach in the field of certification.

Let us take as an example the CE marking in accordance R&TTE an application that uses certified radio modules. An application that integrates a radio module becomes a radio product, regardless of whether the module is integrated into the product or purchased separately as optional. In both cases, the finished product is subject to full R&TTE and it is the responsibility of whoever puts on the market ensure that it complies with the requirements for CE marking.

Still exists the misconception that a product is automatically complies, in this case R&TTE, If all its components are CE marked and certified according to relevant product standards. In fact those who apply a form already certified might assume that this conforms to some of the technical requirements and has the advantage of requiring only a small part of radio testing, being able to refer to those already made by who produced the components. In these cases it is advisable to check that the modules to use outdated versions are certified according to the standards, otherwise if you do, you must repeat the radio fully booked.

With regard to the aspects that are under the direct control of the designer, such as the use of frequencies allowed in area for wi-fi modules, We must carry out the appropriate tests on the final product and verify that it complies with all parameters. They also performed the tests on the electromagnetic compatibility and the ones on the safety of the product, in accordance with the guidelines provided by the R&TTE.

In the eyes of someone, the correct approach might appear more laborious, In addition to being more expensive. Even if we limit ourselves to considering only the economic aspect, operate in compliance with standards is more beneficial than imagined, especially when compared to the financial risk resulting from the withdrawal of its product from the market.

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