Electromagnetic Compatibility Devices

Introduction to Electromagnetic Compatibility Products on the EU Market

Electric devices and installations are a core component of our lives on a nearly moment to moment basis. The main considerations of the electromagnetic compatibility legislations is to ensure the safety when in use both alone and in close proximity to other electronics.

Electromagnetic Compatibility Legislation

Until the publication of the Electromagnetic Compatibility Directive 2014/30/EU on February 26, 2014 and the subsequent 2 year transition period, the Electromagnetic Compatibility Directive 2004/108/EC was the reigning legal framework for EMC products.

From April 20, 2016 the Electromagnetic Compatibility Directive 2014/30/EU became fully applicable in the EU as the main legal framework for EMC products.


Key Facts:

  • Any product placed and made available on the EU Market (either through e-commerce or brick-and-mortar) must comply with the Electromagnetic Compatibility Directive 2014/30/EU
  • Non-EU manufacturers wishing to make their products available to EU citizens should appoint an Authorized Representative
  • Manufacturer is defined as:
any natural or legal person who manufactures apparatus or has apparatus designed or manufactured, and markets that apparatus under his name or trade mark
  • Products which fail to comply may be subject to public notification (RAPEX), withdrawal requirements, warehousing fees, fines or total destruction of the products.

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