Radio Equipment Directive (RED)

Radio Equipment Directive (RED) Requires Safety Testing of Low Voltage (DC) Products

In accordance with both the existing R&TTE Directive, and the new RED Directive, wireless devices intended for sale in Europe must comply with the Low Voltage Directive (LVD) regardless of the input voltage. Article 3(1a) of the RED states:

“Radio equipment shall be constructed so as to ensure: (a) the protection of health and safety of persons and of domestic animals and the protection of property, including the objectives with respect to safety requirements set out in Directive 2014/35/EU (LVD), but with no voltage limit applying

 This means that products which would normally fall out of the scope of the LVD because they are battery powered, or powered from an external power supply, now fall under the requirements of the LVD via the ruling of the RED/ R&TTE which removes the voltage floor from the scope.

Safety LVD Vs. RED Drawing

G&M Compliance has the experience to evaluate and test a variety of electrical products to meet the requirements of the Low Voltage Directive. Our expertise allows us to quickly and efficiently evaluate low voltage, DC powered equipment and provide reports required to meet the directive.   We have the procedures and tools in place to offer this service at a very competitive price.

The Radio Equipment Directive (RED) will come into effect June, 2016 and becomes mandatory in June 2017, replacing the R&TTE Directive.  Product testing requirements remain the same between the RED and R&TTE.

Please contact Josie Leone at 714-628-1020 for additional information on this topic.