Radio Equipment Directive (RED)
The Radio Equipment Directive (RED), 2014/53/EU, has replaced the Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (R&TTE) Directive ,1999/5/EU, following publication in the Official Journal in March 2014.
The RED covers electrical or electronic products which intentionally emit and/or receive radio waves for the purpose of radio communication and/or radiodetermination, or products that, when completed with an accessory such as an antanna, meet that description.
As a Notified Body designated under the RED, BSI has a number of product experts with experience of radio equipment and its regulation, making us well placed to provide manufacturers or importers certification to the Directive.
Who is the Directive for?
This Directive is relevant for manufacturers of all radio communication apparatus.
It is important to note that equipment within the scope of this Directive must meet the Essential Requirements of both the Low Voltage Directive and the Electromagnetic Compatibility Directive.
It is also important to realise that equipment which is within the scope of this Directive may also fall within the scope of other Directives (in particular the Medical Devices Directives) and the requirements of these Directives must also be met if appropriate.
Certain equipment is specifically excluded from the Directive. These are:
- Equipment for police, military and state-security purposes
- Radio equipment for radio amateurs, unless it is commercially available
- Equipment within the scope of directive 96/98/EC on Marine Equipment
- Cables and wiring
- Receive-only equipment intended solely for the reception of sound and TV broadcasts
- Certain apparatus for civil aviation and air traffic management
Differences between RED and R&TTE Directive
Changes in the new Directive include:
There are a number of changes and some new additions to the RED compared with the R&TTE Directive, including:
• A clearer requirement that radio receivers achieve a minimum level of performance so as to contribute to an efficient use of radio spectrum; it no longer covers receive only radio devices or wired modems;
• Clear obligations for manufacturers, importers and distributors;
• Improvements are made for market surveillance, in particular the traceability obligations of manufacturers, importers and distributors and the possibility to require prior registration of radio equipment within categories affected by low levels of compliance;
The new Directive also introduces some new specific requirements:
• It ensures that software can only be used with radio equipmentafter the compliance of that particular combination of software and the radio equipment has been demonstrated;
• The European Commission will have the possibility to require that mobile phones and other portable devices are compatible with a common charger.
Benefits of meeting the Directive
By meeting the requirements of the Directive you will be able to sell your products into Europe. This is one of the ways that BSI can support you in global market access; allowing you to ensure compliance, and to grow your business internationally.