The Radio Directive 2014/53 / EU

Sicom Testing It is receiving many inquiries regarding the European Directive on radio equipment (RED) 2014/53/EU: here is a summary of answers to common inquiries about the application of RED.

What radio equipment are covered by Directive RED

The directive includes any electrical or electronic device that emits intentionally and / or receives radio waves:

  • communicate (radio communication);
  • determine some characteristics of an object, for example, its position and velocity (determination of radio).

Compared to the R&TTE 1999/5/EC, Radio Directive introduces some changes and now includes audio and television reception.
The directive does not apply to telecommunications terminal equipment (for example telephony wire) and radio equipment used by radio amateurs (unless they are not made available on the market).

Since the application of the Directive becomes mandatory RED

Starting from 13 June 2017 RED application of the Directive is mandatory for all equipment listed above and has lost validity of the previous directive R&TTE 1999/5/EC.

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The path to follow in order to comply with the Directive Radio

The simplest approach is to apply the harmonized standards set out by the Official Journal of the European Union, that give the "presumption of conformity". There are harmonized standards for all major radio technologies in use and therefore the majority of radio products can be certified with the application of harmonized standards. You do not need an EU-type certificate, issued by a notified body.

Further testing required by Directive Radio

Some products may require further testing, However, this varies from case to case, and may involve aspects of good use of the radio spectrum for transmitters, and immunity to electromagnetic fields above.
In all cases, radio devices must also meet the requirements for electromagnetic compatibility and safety, and manufacturers can apply the harmonized standards of the EMC directives 2014/30 / EU and LVD 2014/35 / EU.

Who is responsible for ensuring compliance of the product

Under the RED Directive, the manufacturer or importer is primarily responsible for the product on the European market, However, the other economic operators in the distribution chain are liable if they trade equipment does not comply with Directive.
RED The Directive contains a list of obligations for manufacturers, in order to place their products on the market. They must ensure that their product is manufactured in order to meet the essential requirements of the Directive, performing the technique of conformity assessment procedure, preparing and maintaining the technical documentation and the EU declaration of conformity, and ensuring the compliance of all items produced and marketed.
Economic operators are required to ensure compliance of the products, making sure that the manufacturer has carried out an assessment procedure appropriate conformity, that the product bears the labeling required (eg CE marking) and be accompanied by appropriate documentation, including instructions and safety information in a language which can be easily understood by the end user.

Need more help?

The transition to the new Radio Directive involves several changes in testing requirements and evaluation of equipment and can create uncertainty about how to proceed in the certification process.

With its vast experience in Radio equipment certification and its continuous update, Sicom Testing can help traders understand the compliance requirements of their radio equipment, providing guidance and counseling services, and take care of the whole product certification, by testing for the preparation of technical documentation.

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4 comments on "The Radio Directive 2014/53/EU”

  1. Good morning, I would like to know if a smartwatch must have physically printed the serial number or bring it in its packaging box and in the menu of its software to comply with European regulations.

    • Good morning
      According to the directives a product must have a batch number, standard or any other element that allows its identification, or, if the size or nature of the electrical equipment does not allow it, that the required information is provided on the packaging or in a document accompanying the electrical equipment.
      Kind regards
      Sicom Test

  2. Good morning, I would like to know if a remote control that activates the starting and stopping of a current generator of about 2kW should be subject to the RED directive ?
    Thank you for your reply

    • Thanks Gaetano for writing to us,
      if the remote control uses radio waves, RED certainly applies to both the device sending the commands, both to the one who receives them. Otherwise the RED does not apply to infrared or wired remote controls.
      Good work and a greeting
      Sicom Testing


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