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Total Solution for Radio Equipment Directive (RED)

Getting Your Products At the Market's Forefront

About RED Updates

The scope of “Radio Equipment” covers a wide range of products, including small devices such as WLAN, Bluetooth products and large equipment, like weather stations with radio sensors. For years, R&TTE has been the requirement for manufacturers to test and have compliance of radio and telecommunication equipment sold across Europe. Having been through several market surveillance campaigns, the European Commission started to concern about the low level of compliance with the R&TTE for some radio equipment. Considering the numerous increase of mobile and wireless devices, European Commission determined to publish the new Radio Equipment Directive (RED) 2014/53/EU in the Official Journal on 22 May, 2014. The RED directive has been applicable from 13 June, 2016 for all member states.

xThere are significant changes in RED (fixed line terminals are out of scope, no alert mark, strengthened market surveillance, e.g., the traceability obligations of manufacturers, importers and distributors, etc).
xHowever, some of the biggest developments includes the introduction of a new range of products including broadcast receivers (TVs) and radio equipment operating under 9khz.
xAdditionally, many revised specifications cover products with WiFi or Bluetooth as well as short range devices meaning updates to reports and maybe design implications.
xManufacturers have to apply RED to all products sold in EU from 13 June this year.
xFor any new requirement; either testing or a report update is required.

Key RED Updates Summary

Some Significant Changes for RED Directive
xThe RED only applies to radio products. There is no longer a provision for Telecom Terminal Equipment (TTE) in this Directive.

xThe RED applies to equipment which intentionally transmits or receives radio waves for communications or radiodetermination, regardless of its primary function. For example, a “connected” device that uses an embedded radio module for communications or to determine its position has to meet the same radio requirements as a purpose-built radio equipment.

xThe RED applies to radio equipment operating at frequencies below 3 000 GHz, including radio equipment operating below 9 kHz that is not covered by the R&TTED or by National frequency regulations.

xBroadcast receivers are included in the RED.

xThe RED now specifically includes “radio-determination equipment”: equipment that uses the propagation qualities of radio waves to determine its position, such as radar.

xWired telecommunications terminal equipment that does not function using radio is not covered by the RED.

xClass 2 labeling ‘Alert mark’ and equipment notifications are removed.


We can help you identify your obligations and update your reports to comply with the RED. This includes:
1. Bureau Veritas can support with advisory / gap analysis service to identify impact.
2. If you previously tested with Bureau Veritas, we offer a report update service.
3. Laboratories around the world can provide EMC, Safety and RF testing for new products / products impacted by revised requirements.
4. Additionally, we offer a wide portfolio of wireless conformance, chemical, energy performance, benchmark and reliability testing.
5. Bureau Veritas' LCIE and Curtis Straus are RTTE-D / RED Notified Bodies and can offer Type Examination services if no standard exists.
6. Full range of complementary inspection, audit and certification services.

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