RED Replacing R&TTE Directive for Wireless Products in Europe

by G&M Compliance (February 22, 2016)

The European Commission announced an important new interpretation about the transition period from the R&TTED to the RED. During the transition period to the new RED (June 13, 2016 to June 13, 2017), manufacturers can introduce new products using either the R&TTE Directive or the new RED Directive.

The Radio Equipment Directive (RED) of the European Union (EU) was published in the Official Journal of the European Union in 2014, and is applicable to all electrical and electronic devices that intentionally emit and receive radio waves at frequencies below 3000 GHz. The Radio Equipment Directive replaces the EU’s Radio and Telecommunications Terminal (R&TTE) Directive, which was originally published in 1999.

The general principles of the Radio Equipment Directive are similar to those of the R&TTE Directive, requiring compliance with essential requirements addressing health and safety, electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) and the efficient use of the radio spectrum. As with other EU directives, the Radio Equipment Directive relies on harmonised standards for specific technical requirements, and compliance with these requirements provides a presumption of conformity with the Directive’s essential requirements.

The requirements of the Radio Equipment Directive (RED) come into effect in June 2016, and radio equipment and devices placed on the market after that date will be required to comply with its requirements.

G&M Compliance, Inc. can perform safety evaluation and testing to satisfy Article 3.1 (a) Safety of the Radio Equipment Directive (RED). In order to comply with the essential performance of safety called out in RED, wireless products will need to comply with the Low Voltage Directive (LVD – 2014/35/EU), without voltage limits.

For additional information, please contact G&M Compliance, Inc. at 714-628-1020