Radio and Telecommunications Compliance Testing (R&TTE) | Radio Equipment Directive 2014/53/EU
Radio & Telecommunications Testing
Radio and Telecommunications products sold in various key markets must legally comply with their local wireless regulations; these requirements can be complex and vary from region to region.
In Europe Radio and Telecommunications fall within the scope of the Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (R&TTE Directive) 1999/5/EC which replaces both the EMC and the Low Voltage Directives.
New Radio Equipment Directive (RED) 2014/53/EU
On the 13th June 2016 the RED 2014/53/EU came into effect, replacing the R&TTE directive with a one year transition period.
The RED has significant changes to its scope compared to the R&TTE Directive and covers all products which have a radio interface.
Under the RED, Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (TTE) which have no radio interface are no longer be within its scope, but are instead within the scope of the new Low Voltage Directive (LVD) 2014/35/EU and the new EMC Directive 2014/30/EU.
Compliance with applicable Directives is a legal requirement, and there are penalties for both companies and individuals in breach of the regulations.
By choosing YES, you ensure that your products confirm to the necessary regional standards.
Testing Services Include:
- Testing for compliance with the R&TTE Directive and RED Directive
UKAS Accredited Radio testing of:
- Short Range Devices (SRD)
- Wideband transmission systems in the 2.4 GHz band
- Broadband Radio Access Networks (BRAN) 5 GHz performance RLAN
- Radio approval testing to a wide range of standards e.g. ETSI, FCC and Technologies e.g. wireless
- Radio performance evaluation and antenna characterisation
- Spectrum investigation up to 40 GHz
Using Pre-tested Modules
Even if your radio modules are pre-tested with a matching antenna and the primary function of your device is not a radio product, the performance of the radio modules may be affected when incorporated into your product.
Under these circumstances we would recommend at least a partial re-test of radiated spurious emissions to ensure that the combined product remains compliant.
The R&TTE Directive applies to a very large and rapidly increasing number of products that affect our everyday lives, including our mobile phones and laptops, anything that connects to our phone line or cable TV system, and anything with a radio transmitter or non-broadcast receiver in it.
We are also able to supply testing for manufacturers who wish to gain compliance against the new Radio Equipment Directive (RED) 2014/53/EU which replaces the R&TTE Directive in June 2016.
Radio Equipment Directive (RED) 2014/53/EU
The RED has replaced the R&TTE Directive 1999/5/EC with a one year transition period, allowing companies affected to prepare for the new legislation.
Some key aspects of this new Directive include:
- Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (TTE) that has no radio interface is no longer within its scope, but instead will be within the scope of the new Low Voltage Directive (LVD) 2014/35/EU and the new EMC Directive 2014/30/EU
- Broadcast receivers are now within the scope of the RED (previously excluded)
- The RED aligns with the New Legislative Framework (NLF) which replaces the New Approach
- Importers and Distributors will incur legal responsibilities and duties under the RED
- Notified Body activity will be more closely regulated
- Market surveillance activities will be increased to ensure that non-compliant products are more easily identified and quickly removed from the market
To learn more about this new Directive you may wish to attend our one-day training course entitled The Radio Equipment Directive Explained. For details of forthcoming dates please click here.