In six months’ time the new European Union Radio Equipment Directive (RED) 2014/53/EU will replace the Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment Directive (R&TTE). The RED will become applicable from 13 June 2016, as the required method to show compliance of radio and telecoms equipment sold across the Europe.
While EU Member States now have six months to transpose the new RED into their national laws, manufacturers will have an additional year to comply. Equipment compliant with the current R&TTE Directive before 13 June 2016 may continue to be placed on the market until 13 June 2017.
Products which fit within the following definition are subject to the RED:
“Radio equipment – an electrical or electronic product which intentionally emits or receives radio waves for the purpose of radio communication and/ or radiodetermination, or an electrical or electronic product which must be completed with an accessory (such as an antenna) so as to intentionally emit and/ or receive radio waves for the purpose of radio communication and/ or radiodetermination.”
All radio receivers, including broadcast radio and, for the first time, TV receivers, fall within this definition.
The wide ranging changes to current legislation included in the RED will require some significant adaptations to how radio equipment is manufactured and supplied. With its enforcement only six months away, it is vital that those in the supply chain understand their specific obligations so that their equipment complies and it can continue to be sold on the European market after the deadline.
A TÜV SÜD brochure, outlining how you can ensure that your equipment achieves compliance with these new European regulations is available for download here.