Frequently asked questions - RED

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Do you have further questions about the Radio Equipment Directive (RED), harmonized standards or testing requirements? Find answers to the most common customer questions below, contact your local sales representative or use our contact form.

Who defines the European directives?

Whoever wants to transmit or receive radio signals in Europe must comply with the relevant European directives governing the approval of radio equipment.

These directives are developed in close cooperation between the European Commission as a body taking an active part in political decision-making, the European Electronic Communications Committee (ECC) within the European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT), both of them guardians of the ever more valuable frequency resources, and the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI).

What has been the reason to revise the directives including RED?

One of the main drivers for the review of the directives is the EU’s New Legislation Framework (NLF). The framework targets the future product harmonization legislation and CE marking in Europe by laying down the general guidelines and detailed procedures for conformity assessment.

The need to improve the overall coherence and consistency, notification process, conformity assessment procedures, CE marking and market surveillance have led to a package of measures known as NLF. It consists of the Decision No. 768/2008/EC and Regulations (EC) No. 764/2008 and No. 764/2008 entering into force January 1, 2010.

These new measures made it necessary to revise the existing directives and to draft and release new directives including the RED to bring them in line with the new legislation.

Who is in charge of developing harmonized standards?

Harmonized standards specify the technical details regarding the diverse radio equipment along with possible test methods to demonstrate compliance with relevant requirements of the EU legislation.

At the request of the European Commission, they are developed by the European standardization organizations (ESO): the European Telecommunications Institute (ETSI), the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) and the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC). The fully independent ESOs are private bodies that comprise industry experts, government bodies and other stakeholders.

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