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Are you ready for RED?

The new CE Marking directive covering ‘Radio Equipment’ came into force on 13th June 2016.  To assist manufacturers and other economic operators adjust to the new Legislation, the Radio Equipment Directive (RED) 2014/53/EU featured a transitionary period of 1 year during which time it has been permissible to declare conformance to the old R&TTE Directive. However, from 13th June 2017 any product containing a radio transmitter or receiver (within scope of the RED) will need to conform to the new Directive.

Most companies would want to follow the self-assessment route to conformity, but there has been a difficulty in that most of the harmonised standards needed to demonstrate conformity have not been published on the EU Official Journal. Up until recently, this has meant that the only route to conformity for the radio parts of a product was to engage a Notified Body.

However, over the last few months a number of standards have been added to the Official Journal. For example a number of standards have been added for Short Range Devices (SRD) such as ETSI EN 300 220-2 V3.1.1 which covers 25 MHz to 1000 MHz for non-specific radio equipment. Also on the list are ETSI EN 300 330 V2.1.1 and ETSI EN 302 208 V3.1.1 whose scopes cover some RFID devices.

If you have been waiting for standards to become available now is the time to see if you can update your conformity. First assess which category in the list of Class 1 sub-classes your product falls under: http://ec.europa.eu/DocsRoom/documents/7981/attachments/1/translations

The sub-class details will give the ETSI standard that covers the sub-class. Then check the Official Journal to see if the applicable standard is now on the list: https://ec.europa.eu/growth/single-market/european-standards/harmonised-standards/rtte_en

Note that if the Class 1 sub-class calls up a standard ending “-2” for example, try searching for the standard number without the dash number.

If you need any support with CE Marking under the new Radio Equipment Directive, then please get in contact to discuss how we can help you.

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