Europe’s New Radio Equipment Directive Becomes Mandatory
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 | Comments

Europe’s Radio Equipment Directive (RED) becomes mandatory 13 June, and the Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment Directive (R&TTED) can no longer be used to access the European market. This major update of Europe’s single market rules for radio equipment was published in May 2014.

The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) Harmonized European Standards, developed in support of the directive, are the preferred means for manufacturers to comply with the regulation. Equipment that complies with the standards for this directive is presumed to comply with the requirements of the directive. To date, 140 ETSI harmonized standards have been cited in the Official Journal of the European Union, covering most types of radio equipment.

One of the big changes between the RED and the R&TTED is that the RED applies to any product that transmits or receives radio waves for communications or radio-determination, regardless of whether radio is the main purpose of that product.

There are a few exclusions for things such as public security and defense, radio amateur equipment that is not placed on the market, and marine and airborne equipment that follows other regulations, but, in general, if a product has a radio chip, it falls under the RED.

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