Radio Equipment

Radio Equipment

Introduction to Radio Equipment on the EU Market

Whether to facilitate emergence response, encourage your adventuring spirit or supporting improved lifestyle options; radio equipment technologies play a continually broadening role in our everyday lives.

EU Radio Equipment Legislation

Until the publication of the Radio Equipment Directive 2014/53/EU on April 16, 2014  and the subsequent 2 year transition period, the Radio Equipment & Telecommunications Terminal Equipment 1999/5/EC was the reigning legal framework for radio equipment products.

From June 13, 2016, the Radio Equipment Directive 2014/53/EU became fully applicable in the EU as the main legal framework for radio equipment 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 Radio Equipment Directive
  • Non-EU manufacturers wishing to make their products available to EU citizens must appoint a European Authorized Representative
  • Radio Equipment means:
an electrical or electronic product, which intentionally emits and/or receives radio waves for the purpose of radio communication and/or radiodetermination, or an electrical or electronic product which must be completed with an accessory, such as antenna, so as to intentionally emit and/or receive radio waves for the purpose of radio communication and/or radiodetermination
  • Manufacturer is defined as:
any natural or legal person who manufactures radio equipment or has radio equipment designed or manufactured, and markets that equipment 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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