Radio Equipment Directive  2014/53/EU

The Radio Equipment Directive (RED) has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union.

The RED contains a number of changes compared to the current R&TTE

  • Sound and TV broadcast receivers come into scope of RED.
  • Fixed Line Telecommunication equipment is no longer included.
  • “Radio Determination” equipment is included.
  • Additional requirements on software that can effect radio parameters.
  • Additional requirements for mobile phone chargers.

The timescales for entry into force and implementation are:

RED Transition

Radio Equipment Directive transition dates – when will it apply

What should manufacturers do?

Manufacturers of products that fall under the RED can continue to use the R&TTE Directive or EMC/LVD if not currently within scope of R&TTE . ETSI have published a number of Harmonised Standards, 26 of which has been listed in the Official Journal, OJ, by 9th December 2016 and around a further 80 which are currently being reviewed by the Commission prior to being listed in the OJ.

ADCO is continuing to work on The Guide to the Radio Equipment Directive, which is now at 2nd draft. Whilst we have a copy of the draft it is not a stable document suitable for general circulation, but please contact us if you would like a copy.

As there is now less than 6 months to go before the RED can be used, manufacturers should start to review what additional testing and assessment is required to demonstrate compliance with the RED. We can assist with the required Risk Assessment and gap analysis between R&TTE and published or draft ETSI standards.

Manufacturers of Sound and TV receivers need to be aware that their products will be moving into scope and will need to comply with Radio Spectrum requirements and two new standards have been developed in this area:

  • Digital Terrestrial TV Broadcast Receivers: EN 303 340, published by ETSI as ETSI EN 303 340 V1.1.2 which is due to be cited in the Official Journal during December
  • Sound Broadcast Receivers are covered by EN 303 345 and ETSI have published Draft ETSI EN 303 345 V1.1.1 and the final version is due to be published in the Official Journal by the end of April 2017.

ETSI are continuing to work on over 150 standards for the Radio Equipment Directive and details of the current ETSI work program are the current ETSI work programs are available for radio standards and for EMC standards.

Sulis Consultants are tracking the progress of a number of key ETSI standards here.