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EU Radio Equipment Directive (RE Directive) and Harmonized Standards

Posted by TUV Rheinland on Jun 30, 2017 10:22:00 AM
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When exporting radio equipment (including wireless modules) to Europe, the products must comply with the Radio Equipment Directive 2014/53/EU (RE Directive). The RE Directive was issued to meet the world’s demands for IoT, smart cities, and other wireless technologies.

1. Background and Basic Information on the RE Directive 

The RE Directive was published on May 22, 2014 in the Official Journal of the European Union. Until now, radio products that complied with the Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment Directive 1995/5/EC (R&TTE Directive) could continue to be placed on the European market. However, on June 13, 2017, the R&TTE Directive will be repealed and replaced by the RE Directive. After that, all radio products must comply with the RE Directive, including equipment that currently complies with the R&TTE Directive, EMC Directive 2014/30/EU, and Low Voltage Directive 2014/35/EU.

Note: the RE Directive only applies to radio equipment. Standard telecom equipment will now fall under the EMC Directive and Low Voltage Directive instead of the R&TTE Directive.


2. Harmonized Standards and ETSI Website
As of May 2017, harmonized standards for the RE Directive are not published in the Official Journal of the European Union. However, the following key harmonized standards are due to be published in the journal:
ETSI EN 301 893 V2.1.0 
ETSI EN 300 440 V2.1.1 

You can look up the harmonized standards which are due to be published in the Official Journal of the European Union on the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) website.

ETSI Website


How to search for harmonized standards due to be published in the Official Journal:

Type the harmonized standard you wish to look up in the search box at the top of the page. Select “Standards” and click the search button, and the standard will appear below. Click the “More options” button on the right of the standard and select “Details in work programme.” Then select “Current Status Draft” and you will be able to see its progress up to the present and upcoming schedule. Note that the upcoming schedule is not displayed on some standards.

As an official body, TÜV Rheinland Japan offers services to ensure compliance with the RE Directive. 


Topics: IoT