Often referred to as the EMC Directive the current Electromagnetic Compatibility Directive 2014 replaces Electromagnetic Compatibility Directive 2004 (2004/108/EC) which itself replaced EMC Directive 89/336/EEC (Electromagnetic Compatibility)

What does it cover?

Any finished appliance or combination thereof made available on the market as a single functional unit, intended for the end-user and liable to generate electromagnetic disturbance, or the performance of which is liable to be affected by such disturbance;

What are the electromagnetic compatibility directive (EMC) essential requirements?

1. General requirements

Equipment shall be so designed and manufactured, having regard to the state of the art, as to ensure that:

(a) the electromagnetic disturbance generated does not exceed the level above which radio and telecommunications equipment or other equipment cannot operate as intended;

(b) it has a level of immunity to the electromagnetic disturbance to be expected in its intended use which allows it to operate without unacceptable degradation of its intended use.

2. Specific requirements for fixed installations

Installation and intended use of components

A fixed installation shall be installed applying good engineering practices and respecting the information on the intended use of its components, with a view to meeting the essential requirements set out in point 1.

What needs to be in the EMC directive technical file?

(a) a general description of the apparatus;

(b) conceptual design and manufacturing drawings and schemes of components, sub-assemblies, circuits, etc.;

(c) descriptions and explanations necessary for the understanding of those drawings and schemes and the operation of the apparatus;

(d) a list of the harmonised standards applied in full or in part the references of which have been published in the Official Journal of the European Union and, where those harmonised standards have not been applied, descriptions of the solutions adopted to meet the essential requirements of this Directive, including a list of other relevant technical specifications applied. In the event of partly applied harmonised standards, the technical documentation shall specify the parts which have been applied;

(e) results of design calculations made, examinations carried out, etc.;

(f) test reports.

In each case the technical construction file (tcf) should contain a checklist based on the relevant standard to show that the product complies with each standard

The click here to download the Electromagnetic Compatibility Directive pdf

The EMC Directive guidance may be downloaded here EMC Directive 2014/30/EU guide

The EMC directive harmonised standards can be checked in the Official Journal (OJ)

CEM International are an EMC directive UK Notified Body number 1942 we can arrange testing though our internationally accredited test lab we can also supply upon request a checklist for an EMC directive technical file to our exisitng customers.

We can also provide a template for the EMC directive declaration of conformity.

Contact us to see how we can help.
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