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R&TTE Directive (Radio Equipment Directive)


       • The European Radio equipment and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (R&TTE) Directive (1999/5/EC) was published in the Official Journal of the European Communities on 7 April 1999. It covers all radio equipment and all equipment intended to be connected to public telecommunications networks.
       • The Radio Equipment Directive (2014/53/EU) was published in the Official Journal of the EU on 16th of April 2014. The new directive will come into force on the 12th June 2016 with no transitional period. Please contact us for the information on the changes of the new EMC directive.

R&TTE Directive
RED Directive

Please contact us for the up to date requiremnts of the Radio Equipment Directive.

Requirements of the Directive

Protection of health and safety of the user and any other person, based on the protection requirements of the Low Voltage Directive (article 3.1a of the Directive)  the essential requirements of the Electromagnetic Compatibility Directive (article 3.1b)effective use of the radio spectrum/orbital resource so as to avoid harmful interference (article 3.2).

Administrative requirements:

       • Perform related R&TTE (RED) testing
       • Compile a Technical File
       • Prepare a Declaration of Conformity
       • Put CE Marking on the product


The Directive applies to:

any "relevant apparatus"basically, if R&TTE (RED) performance can be meaningfully measured, then the directive applies.
Installations (i.e. an assembly of individual pieces of apparatus brought together on a specific site).

There are some addtional requirements listed in the Directive:

       • Ships using inland waterways (EC Decision 2000/637/EC)
       • Marine distress & safety equipment (EC Decision 2004/71/EC)
       • Marine Identification System (EC Decision 2005/53/EC)
       • COSPAS-SARSAT locator beacons (EC Decision 2005/631/EC)
       • Avalanche beacons (EC Decision 2001/148/EC).

Please refer to the R&TTE (RED) Directive for detailed requirements.

Services that we offer as a Notified Body

Technical File Review:
A Technical File is required in order to comply with the R&TTE (RED) Directive. We will review your Technical File for conformity to the requirements of the directive and provide recommendations on any areas requiring further action or improvements.

Technical File Lodging:
CEM will acknowledge receipt and provide secure storage for 10 years after the date of last manufacture.

EMC and LVD Testing Service
CEM will arrange for equipment to be tested to ensure that it conforms to the requirements of the R&TTE (RED) Directive.

Technical documentation

The technical documentation shall be drawn up, in accordance with Article 21 of the Directive, before the radio equipment is placed on the market and shall be continuously updated.

Manufacturers shall keep the technical documentation for 10 years after the radio equipment has been placed on the market.

Annex V describes the technical documentation. The technical documents must enable the assessment of the conformity of the product with the requirements of the Directive. The documentation must cover:

• a general description of the product including:
• photographs or illustrations showing external features, marking and internal layout
• versions of software or firmware affecting compliance with essential requirements
• user information and installation instructions
• a conceptual design and manufacturing drawings and schemes of components, sub-assemblies, circuits and other relevant similar elements
• descriptions and explanations necessary for the understanding of said drawings and schemes and the operation of the product
• a list of the harmonised standards applied in full or in part, and where those harmonised standards have not been applied, descriptions of the solutions adopted to meet the essential requirements of the Directive including a list of other relevant technical specifications applied
• a copy of the EU declaration of conformity
• where the conformity assessment module in Annex III has been applied, copy of the EU-type examination certificate and its annexes as delivered by the notified body involved
• results of design calculations made, examinations carried out, etc.
• test reports
• an explanation of the compliance with the requirement of Article 10(2) and of the inclusion or not of information on the packaging in accordance with Article 10(10).

The manufacturer or their authorised representative established in the European Union is requested to keep copies of the technical documentation for a period of 10 years after the last product has been placed on the market.

What about information for the user? See article 10.8 of the Directive, and its language regime which depends on national regimes. Any potential restrictions or requirements for authorisation of use of the radio equipment in certain Member States shall be marked in order to alert the user.

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