The radio equipment directive (RED) governs radio equipment

The regulations on the sale of radio equipment can be found in the RED (Radio Equipment Directive). A radio The frequency spectrum management system ensures the safety and health of users, electromagnetic compatibility and efficient use of the radio spectrum by establishing essential requirements for radio equipment. In addition to these aspects, this law has the potential to regulate a number of others. A number of these features are aimed at preventing fraud and protecting personal information. In addition to interoperability, access to emergency services and software compliance are also important considerations.

An analysis and next steps are suggested based on the actions taken by the European Commission.

Sections 3(3)(d), (e) and (f) have been updated as follows:

Among the Commission’s priorities is improving the cybersecurity of radio equipment

A law delegated by the Radio Equipment Directive now protects certain categories of radio equipment from cyber threats, data breaches and privacy breaches.

A study on the protection of Internet-connected and portable radio equipment had already been authorized by the Commission.

The main focus was on

  • Data Protection and Privacy
  • Fraud Prevention

At first, several options were considered. Please refer to the final report for more information.

The Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment Directive (99/5/EC) has been repealed to align with the new directive.

In addition to improving market surveillance, the revision included other changes. Traceability requirements are particularly important for importers, manufacturers and distributors. Market surveillance instruments have been improved. Radio equipment in low compliance categories, for example, may require pre-registration.

Announcing its entry into force on June 11, 2014, the RED entered into force on June 13, 2016. In accordance with Article 48, there was a one-year transition period from June 12, 2017 to June 12, 2018. During During the transition period, radio equipment compliant with RED or European legislation applicable before June 13, 2016 (eg R&TTED) could be marketed.

The RED application process is explained in more detail below.

TCAM (Technical Affairs Commission)

Regulation (EU) No 182/2011 establishes the TCAM as a committee in article 45 of the RED

In order to implement the RED, a TCAM advisory is required. In addition, the President and an EU representative discuss how the directive is being implemented.

Delegation of powers to RED

  • The Commission has delegated Directive (EU) 2022/30
  • In addition to Directive 2014/53/EU, it was adopted on 29 October 2021 by the European Parliament and the Council, in accordance with paragraphs (d), (e) and (f).
  • To ensure the location of emergency calls using mobile devices, EN ••• of 12 December 2018 applies.
    • The law will enter into force on March 17, 2022, in accordance with Article 2. According to recital 14, economic operators are not prohibited from complying with the regulation once it enters into force.
  • According to Directive 2014/53/EU, information must be presented in accordance with Article 10(10).
    • In Commission Implementing Regulation 2017/1354 pictograms are provided for printed product documentation in high resolution.
  • In the absence of incompatibilities between R&TTED and RED, the former will continue to apply.

Expert advice

A common way to apply RED is described in this guide. It will be useful to manufacturers and other stakeholders as it addresses practical issues. TCAM’s opinion and discussion will be taken into account in order to keep the guide up to date.


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