The new European Union Radio Equipment Directive (RED) 2014/53/EU will replace the Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment Directive (R&TTE) on 13 June 2016.
While the RED will become the required method to show compliance of radio and telecoms equipment sold across the Europe Union, equipment compliant with the current R&TTE Directive 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 and/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 for the first time, broadcast radio and TV receivers, fall within this definition.
Harmonised standards not up to date
As the scope of the RED differs from the R&TTE, and the essential requirements have also been changed, additional standards are required and existing standards must be amended. However, while harmonised standards are being reviewed for publication under the RED, the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) has stated that it is not possible to complete all of the required standards by 13 June 2016. Likewise, some standards produced by CEN/CENELEC still require amendment.
The European Commission will publish a Harmonised Standards list for the RED in the Official Journal (OJ) prior to 13 June 2016 and update it as necessary.
In the absence of ETSI RED standards published in the OJ, it shall be mandatory for any manufacturers wishing for an early implementation of the RED to apply to a Notified Body for a Type Examination Certificate or a Full Quality Assurance Approval.
How can TÜV SÜD help you?
TÜV SÜD BABT is recognised throughout the world as a leading Notified Body for Radio and Telecommunications equipment. Our technically competent and professionally qualified engineers and auditors are able to deal with all types of equipment which fall within the scope of the RED.
A TÜV SÜD webinar outlining the implementation of the RED in detail can be found here.