The European Union’s (EU) Radio Equipment Directive (RED) introduces the first mandatory CE marking testing regulations for GNSS chipset manufacturers and system integrators which want to sell products in the EU market. From 13th June 2017, all new and existing GNSS devices must be tested to ensure they are compliant with EN 303 413.
To ensure that receiver performance is not adversely affected from a level of RF interference, the new standard introduces a significant change to test regimes - requiring adjacent band compatibility tests to be included for the first time. This means that EN 303 413 represents a significant step-up in the level of investment required, as satellite simulators must now be used. Consequently, the market is experiencing a test bottleneck as laboratories, do not have the required capability or equipment.
The good news for TÜV SÜD customers is that, thanks to many years of delivering specialist testing, our laboratories already have this equipment in place, with further immediate investment being made in our other laboratories worldwide. As a 17025 accredited test laboratory, our experts can immediately offer a compliance test service against EN 303 413.
As EN 303 413 is not planned to become a harmonised standard under the RED until March 2018, all GNSS receivers must currently be certified by an RED Notified Body, such as TÜV SÜD BABT. As the world’s leading Telecommunications Certification Body, TÜV SÜD BABT is recognised and respected throughout the world for its expertise in approving products and systems to the Radio, Telecom and IT Sectors.
In addition to providing EN 303 413 testing and certification services, TÜV SÜD will also help GNSS chipset manufacturers and system integrators to prepare for global regulatory approvals via its Global Market Access (GMA) solution, enabling GNSS chipset manufacturers and system integrators from across the globe to minimise test wait times and optimise time to market in the EU.