Ten points from the European Radio Equipment Directive

Directive 2014/53/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 April 2014

On 05.22.2014 the Official Journal published the Directive 2014/53/EU issued by the European Parliament and Council and addressed to radio equipment which intentionally transmit, emit or receive radio waves for the purposes of radio communication or radio determination and which systematically use the radio spectrum.

Fixed line terminal equipment is not considered to be included in the Directive.

The recent publication repeals Directive 1999/5/EC as it is subject to various substantial changes and therefore discontinued for clarity purposes.

In short, 10 points taken from the Directive

  1. The transmitter must not generate harmful interference and emissions of unwanted radio waves should be limited to a level which, in the state of technological progress achieved, allows harmful interference to be avoided.
  2. The receiver, when present, must have a level of performance that allows regular operation and protects it from the risk of harmful interference.
  3. The reception capacity of the receiver is considered an important factor in ensuring the efficient use of the radio spectrum: it must have adequate resistance against harmful interference and unwanted signals.
  4. Interoperability between radio equipment and accessories, for particular categories or classes, must include a standard (battery charger) in order to reduce the accumulation of electronic waste and unnecessary costs.
  5. The protection of personal data and privacy of users of radio equipment as well as the protection of fraud must be improved through the development of appropriate features implemented in the products.
  6. The equipment must support access to emergency services and the design must include development for easy use even by disabled people.

  7. Ability to upload or modify software only if the conformity of the equipment is not compromised.
  8. Obligation to register radio equipment intended for placing on the market in a centralized system to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of market surveillance and contribute to raising the level of compliance with this Directive. This obligation entails additional burdens for economic operators and should therefore only be introduced for categories of radio equipment for which a high level of compliance has not yet been achieved.
  9. For manufacturers, prior notification of information on the conditions of use of radio equipment that uses non-harmonised frequency bands is not foreseen.
    The system ECO Frequency Information System (EFIS) of the European Communications Office (ECO) is available to manufacturers who can search for frequency information for all Member States and evaluate whether, and under what conditions, such radio equipment can be used within each Member State.
  10. For the purposes of promotion, demonstration activities at trade fairs, exhibitions and events it is possible to display radio equipment which does not comply with this Directive and which cannot be placed on the market provided that exhibitors ensure that a sufficient level of information is provided to the public .

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