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The Radio Equipment Directive (2014/53/EU) has been applicable since 13 June 2016. It is in a transitional phase of one year and revises the Radio and Telecommunication Terminal Equipment Directive (1999/5/EC). The new R.E.D. was adopted on 16 April 2014 and E.U. countries had to transpose it into their national law before 13 June 2016.

These Directives establish a regulatory framework for placing radio equipment on the free market. During the transitional phase, manufacturers are allowed to place on the market radio equipment compliant with either the new R.E.D. rules or the old applicable R&TTE legislation. The transitional period ends on 12 June 2017. The new RED guide and harmonised standards will be available by June 2017.

The highlights of this update are stated in the following table.
Scope The R.E.D. is applicable to the radio equipment which intentionally emits and/or receives radio waves lower than 3000 GHz (including broadcast receiver) making available on the market and putting into service in the EU, EFTA, and MRA countries.
Conformity Assessment Procedure To demonstrate compliance of radio equipment with the essential requirements, manufacturers could employ one of the following modules:
  • Internal production control,
  • EU-type examination that is followed by the conformity to type based on internal production control
  • Conformity based on full quality assurance
Example of product being impacted:
For 2.4GHz short range device, since the standard EN 300 440 hasn’t been published on EU Official  Journal yet, EU type examination shall be employed in order to show the compliance for the essential requirement set out in Article 3 (2) instead of internal production control.
Labeling In Article 10 obligations of manufacturers, there is a NEW requirement that the following information shall also be included in the packaging, and/ or user manual.
  • Frequency band(s) in which the radio equipment operates;
  • Maximum radio-frequency power transmitted in the frequency band(s) in which the radio equipment operates
EU Declaration of Conformity (DoC) Each item of radio equipment shall be accompanied by a copy of the EU declaration of conformity (DoC) or by a simplified EU declaration of conformity. Where a simplified EU DoC is provided, it shall contain the EXACT INTERNET ADDRESS where the full text of the EU declaration of conformity can be obtained.

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