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Radio Equipment

The market for Radio Equipment is undergoing rapid growth. As of June 2017, the RED (Radio Equipment Directive) was put into force for all Radio Equipment.

With the exception of a few categories of equipment, the Directive covers all equipment, which uses the radio frequency spectrum. Typical products, which are covered by the Directive, are:

Assessment of the conformity of a product with the requirements of the Directive becomes a responsibility for the manufacturer. He therefore does not further need to obtain an approval certificate from an official body after having passed European requirements.

Terminal access requirements have been removed: Fixed network terminal equipment therefore only needs to comply with electrical safety and electromagnetic compatibility requirements. Radio equipment needs to effectively use the spectrum and not cause harmful interference.

Requirements are legal, not technical. Standards continue to play a prominent role in determining whether a product complies with the legal requirements. When standards are however not available or not appropriate, a manufacturer still has a route to market. He however needs to demonstrate more extensively how the requirements of the Directive were met in his technical file.

Any problems caused by the fact that the frequency spectrum in the Community is not fully harmonised are handled through specific provisions in the Directive.

The radio frequency spectrum is not fully harmonised in the Community. The Directive doesn't harmonise the spectrum. It is therefore of major interest to manufacturers to be fully aware of national differences in allocation and usage. Member States therefore are committed to publish such details allowing manufacturers to build products capable of operating in a market as large as possible.

The Directive obliges manufacturers to inform users of the intended use and the limitations of use, both on the packaging and in the manual. This means that the manufacturer needs to inform the user for which a product has been designed and communicate clearly for which of the radio spectra of the Member States it has been designed. In case of doubt a Notified Body shall be conducted.