The 20 April 2016 enshrines the entry into force of the new European directives mandatory part of a much broader process of alignment to the New Legislation Framework.
Among the new rules, there are two particularly important for the electronic devices sector: the Directive 2014/30 / EU EMC on electromagnetic compatibility and Directive 2014/30 / EU LDV on the safety of low-voltage electrical equipment, they replace, respectively, the 2004/108 / EC and 2006/95 / EC.
Although not affecting its fields of application and essential requirements, these directives make no substantial changes at different levels, the harmonized definitions of the obligations of economic operators involved in the distribution chain of electronic products, by the procedures EC declaration of conformity in the strict sense.
Existing products will then recertified according to the new guidelines before 20 April 2016; the pieces present in the distribution chain before that date may still be marketed.
For the new Radio Directive 2014/30 / EU RE, which replaces the 1999/5 / EC, It is instead provided for a period of transition from 13 June 2016 to the 12 June 2017, where you can apply both the old and the new Directive.
What will change for traders
Of particular importance are the changes affecting the responsibilities of economic actors in the marketing of electronic equipment in the European market.
On the one hand, the directives spell out the obligations of producers, while on the other they introduce new for importers and distributors, who must not only ensure that the manufacturer has carried out properly the procedures for assessing the conformity of products sold, but also that these are accompanied by the relevant technical documentation and regularly bring back the CE mark, the details of the manufacturer contact, where applicable, importer.
It falls on the manufacturers in the first place, however, the responsibility to properly check the conformity of each product placed on the market, aligning itself with the changes under the new directives and harmonized standards updated, where necessary by repeating the tests of compliance of the products.
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