The EU introduced the CE Marking scheme to make trade easier and less expensive between EU countries. By affixing the CE Mark, the manufacturer claims that this product is compliant to all European Directives relevant to it. CE marking is mandatory to place a product on the EU market. By affixing the CE mark the manufacturer claims that the item complies with the relevant European product compliance rules.
Conformity Evaluation for Radio and Telecommunication Products in the European Union
The market for equipment covered by the European Radio Equipment Directive 2014/53/EU (RED)* is growing steadily.
This Directive sets the regulatory framework for all radio equipment and terminal equipment connected to public telecommunications networks in the European Union. Essential requirements include health and safety, electromagnetic compatibility and radio spectrum usage. Manufacturers and suppliers of these products in the EU market must demonstrate compliance with the RED by providing a Technical Construction File (TCF), a Declaration of Conformity (DoC) and the CE Marking.
The role of a notified Body
Unless a manufacturer or supplier is very familiar with R&TTE procedures, working with a Notified Body is recommended. As an independent organization that has been nominated by the European Commission, a Notified Body conducts and supports the necessary conformity assessments. Where harmonized standards are applicable, a Notified Body carries out the procedure on behalf of the applicant and can verify the assessment and corresponding TCF.
When harmonized standards deviate or do not exist, a Notified Body can create specific test plans and help to define the appropriate test suite. In case of non-harmonized (country-specific) frequency ranges, a Notified Body can advise and support manufacturers planning to place their product into the market. A Notified Body can handle all the necessary notifications for all states of the European Economic Area (EEA). Finally, a Notified Body can assess a manufacturer‘s TCF and issue an Expert Opinion (EO), a requirement for R&TTE compliance.
As a Notified Body for the various relevant EU Directives, CETECOM can assist you through the CE Marking process and help you gain easier access to the European market. Although a self-declaration process is allowed, some products require independent testing or certification. If you are not familiar with the procedure or when harmonized standards deviate or do not exist, it is recommended to involve a designated Notified Body.
*RED – RADIO EQUIPMENT DIRECTIVE 2014/53/EU
The new RE Directive recently replaced the existing R&TTE Directive 1999/5/EG.
RED 2014/53/EU was out into force since 13 June 2016. From June 13, 2016 to June 12, 2017 both RED 2014/53/EU and R&TTE 1999/5/EG are valid on the EU market. As from June 13, 2017 only the RED 2014/53/EU shall be used to demonstrate compliance on the EU market for radio communication and broadcasting devices.
CETECOM offers the full conformity assessment service according to this new regulatory framework.