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The European Commission propose to align the R&TTE Directive with the New Legislative Framework

17 October 2012

The European Commission has announced a proposal to recast the R&TTE Directive in order to align it with the New Legislative Framework.  If adopted, the new “Radio Equipment Directive” will replace the Radio Equipment and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment Directive (1999/5/EC).

Significant proposals include:

New obligation placed on Manufacturers to register radio equipment before it is placed on the market.

Should the Commission decide to make available a central product registration system, manufacturers will be obliged to use it. Registration would only be required for product classes that tend to have a poor track record of compliance, so this measure would be unlikely to affect manufacturers operating Full Quality Assurance systems.

These new obligations will help National Regulatory Authorities to take more effective enforcement action.

New obligations placed on Importers to ensure that the appropriate conformity assessment procedure has been carried out by the manufacturer.

Importers are required to ensure that the manufacturer has drawn up the technical documentation, that the radio equipment bears the CE marking and is accompanied by the information required for users and regulatory authorities.

These new obligations will help National Regulatory Authorities to take more effective enforcement action when the manufacturer is located outside the EC.

This requirement may be a concern for manufacturers whom do not wish to share commercially sensitive Technical Documentation with Importers.

New obligations placed on Distributors to ensure that radio equipment bears the required CE marking, that it is accompanied by the required documents.

New obligations placed on Distributors to ensure that radio equipment bears the required CE marking, that it is accompanied by the required documents and by instructions and safety information in a language which can be easily understood by consumers and other users in the Member State in which the radio equipment is to be made available on the market.

These new obligations will help National Regulatory Authorities to take more effective enforcement action when the manufacturer is located outside the EC.

Restricting the scope of the Directive to include only equipment which intentionally transmits signals using radio spectrum.

This change would mean that radio receivers and fixed-line telecommunications terminal equipment would no longer be in scope and would instead fall within the scope of the EMC Directive (2004/108/EC) and, depending on power supply voltage, the scope of either the Low Voltage Directive (2006/95/EC), or the General Product Safety Directive (2001/95/EC).

The scope of the Directive will include active antennas.

The requirement to notify the placing on the market of equipment using frequency bands which are not EU-wide harmonised has been removed.As a consequence of this change, the obligation to affix an equipment class identifier (otherwise known as the Alert Mark) on the product has also been removed.
The requirement for radio equipment to interwork with accessories has been added.

The European Commission believe that requiring manufacturers to adopt a common mobile phone charger format (EN 62684:2010) will deliver environmental benefits and cost savings for consumers.

Some manufacturers are concern that this will allow inferior product to flood the European market and that these low quality products could damage the products that they are intended to charge and possibly also result in safety issues.

Specific requirements for Software Radios have been added.

Radio equipment must support certain features to ensure that software can only be loaded into the radio equipment where the compliance of the combination of software and the radio equipment has been demonstrated.

For manufacturers that already have robust configuration control procedures in place, this new requirements will not be a problem.

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