Directive 2014/53/EU (“RED”) regulates radio equipment. RED is the overarching framework for the essential health and safety requirements and electromagnetic compatibility for the design and manufacture of radio equipment, labelling requirements for radio equipment, and the applicable conformity assessment procedure.
If you manufacture, import or distribute radio equipment, you must comply with the requirements of the EMC Directive. You must also comply with national laws and regulations in Member States which implement the EMC Directive.
This material is for information purposes, and you should not take it as a substitute for legal advice. We encourage you to consult your legal counsel for any concerns about the laws and regulations relating to your product, as well as to consult the national laws and regulations implementing RED.
Red applies to radio equipment. Radio equipment is defined as:
There are some exceptions listed in Annex I of RED (which include amongst other examples, certain marine equipment, certain equipment used by radio amateurs) and radio equipment exclusively used for activities concerning public security, defence and State security.
RED sets out obligations for manufacturers, authorised representatives, importers and distributors.
Declaration of Conformity and CE marking:
A manufacturer’s responsibilities include the following:
A distributor’s responsibilities include:
Labelling and information:
Manufacturers and importers must ensure that radio equipment bears:
Distributor responsibilities include verifying that the radio equipment bears a CE mark, a type, batch or serial number, or other element allowing its identification, and the manufacturer and importer details.
Where it is not possible for this information to be on the radio equipment itself, the above information should be on its packaging or a document accompanying the radio equipment.
In addition, proper instructions, safety information and the Declaration of Conformity or the Internet address at which the Declaration of Conformity can be accessed must accompany the radio equipment.
Information available on the packaging must allow the identification of the Member States or the geographical area within a Member State where any restrictions on putting into service or requirements for authorisation of use exist.
As of June 12, 2018, manufacturers must register radio equipment types that fall within certain categories of radio equipment that are affected by a low level of compliance with the essential requirements of RED. The allocated registration number should be affixed to the radio equipment.
When radio equipment does not conform with RED, manufacturers, importers and distributors should immediately take the corrective measures necessary to bring radio equipment into conformity, or withdraw or recall it, as appropriate.
When radio equipment presents a risk, manufacturers, importers and distributors should immediately inform the competent national authorities of the Member States where it was sold, along with the non-conformity details and of any corrective measures taken.
Manufacturers, importers and distributors must provide a competent national authority with all the information and documentation, in paper or electronic form, necessary to demonstrate the conformity of the radio equipment with RED following a reasoned request.
We strongly encourage you to visit the European Commission’s website for more information on Radio Equipment Directive: