Radio Equipment & Telecommunications Terminal Equipment

Radio equipment and telecommunications terminal equipment (RTTE)

The European Radio equipment and Telecommunications Terminal

Equipment (R&TTE) Directive (1999/5/EC) was published on 7 April 1999. It covers all radio equipment and all equipment intended to be connected to public telecommunications networks. As a Notified Body for the RTTE Directive, BSI is well placed to offer guidance to manufacturers or importers on the most applicable and practical routes to compliance that best fit your current structure.

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.

The Directive also requires equipment to be constructed for efficient use of the radio spectrum, and to avoid interference with terrestrial and orbital communications. Additional requirements are made for certain classes of equipment. 

What products do we test?

The Directive applies to ” radio equipment” and to “Telecommunications Terminal Equipment”. TTE is equipment that can be connected directly or indirectly to the public telecommunications network. The method of connection can be by wire, optical fibre, radio or any other electromagnetic means.

The Directive includes provisions that apply to equipment which is capable of being connected to a public telecommunications network even if that is not its intended purpose.

Examples of equipment which are included within the scope of the Directive are mobile radio transceivers, telephones, fax machines, private exchanges (PABX), modems, terminal adapters and extension bells. Cordless and mobile 'phones are included as are satellite transceivers.

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

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 help you to access global markets, be compliant and to grow your business internationally.


Why choose BSI for product certification

Contact us today to start your journey to certification where we can help you to meet the requirements of the Directive.