Radio Equipment Regulations 2017

The Radio Equipment Regulations 2017 came into force on the 1st of January 2021.

Please contact us for the up to date requirements of the Radio Equipment Regulations 2017.

Requirements of the Regulations

The essential requirements for radio equipment, which include constructing radio equipment to both effectively use and support the efficient use of radio spectrum in order to avoid harmful interference (article 3.2), are harmonized via the Radio Equipment Regulations 2017, The regulations specify the requirements that products, within its scope, must meet in order to be placed on the market and put into service (without prejudice to conditions attached to authorizations for the use of radio spectrum or other applicable UK legislation). The most common way for manufacturers to comply with these requirements is to apply the voluntary Harmonised Standards developed by ETSI, as they provide a presumption of conformity, a manufacturer may however apply other equivalent practices or specifications. The Regulations are is enforced by Market Surveillance Authorities.

Protection of health and safety of the user and any other person, based on the protection requirements of the Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 2016 (article 3.1a of the Regulations)  the essential requirements of the Radio Equipment Regulations 2017 (article 3.1b).

Administrative requirements: 

       • Perform related testing
       • Compile a Technical File
       • Prepare a Declaration of Conformity
       • Put the UKCA Marking on the product

Scope:

The Regulations apply to:

any “relevant apparatus” basically, if Radio performance can be meaningfully measured, then the regulations apply.
Installations (i.e. an assembly of individual pieces of apparatus brought together on a specific site).

There are some addtional requirements listed in the Regulations:

       • Ships using inland waterways
       • Marine distress & safety equipment
       • Marine Identification System
       • COSPAS-SARSAT locator beacons
       • Avalanche beacons.

Please refer to the Radio Equipment Regulations 2017 for detailed requirements.

Services that we offer as an Approved Body

Technical File Review:
A Technical File is required in order to comply with the Radio Equipment Regulations 2017. We will review your Technical File for conformity to the requirements of the regulations and provide recommendations on any areas requiring further action or improvements.

Technical File Lodging:
CEM will acknowledge receipt and provide secure storage for 10 years after the date of last manufacture.

EMC and LVD Testing Service
CEM will arrange for equipment to be tested to ensure that it conforms to the requirements of the Radio Equipment Regulations 2017.

Technical documentation

The technical documentation shall be drawn up, in accordance with Article 21 of the Regulations, before the radio equipment is placed on the market and shall be continuously updated.

Annex V describes the technical documentation. The technical documents must enable the assessment of the conformity of the product with the requirements of the Regulations. The documentation must cover:

• a general description of the product including:
• photographs or illustrations showing external features, marking and internal layout
• versions of software or firmware affecting compliance with essential requirements
• user information and installation instructions
• a conceptual design and manufacturing drawings and schemes of components, sub-assemblies, circuits and other relevant similar elements
• descriptions and explanations necessary for the understanding of said drawings and schemes and the operation of the product
• a list of the harmonised standards applied in full or in part, and where those harmonised standards have not been applied, descriptions of the solutions adopted to meet the essential requirements of the Regulations including a list of other relevant technical specifications applied
• a copy of the UK declaration of conformity
• where the conformity assessment module in Annex III has been applied, copy of the type examination certificate and its annexes as delivered by the approved body involved
• results of design calculations made, examinations carried out, etc.
• test reports
• an explanation of the compliance with the requirement of Article 10(2) and of the inclusion or not of information on the packaging in accordance with Article 10(10).

The manufacturer or their authorised representative established in the UK is requested to keep copies of the technical documentation for a period of 10 years after the last product has been placed on the market.

What about information for the user? See article 10.8 of the Regulations, and its language regime which depends on national regimes. Any potential restrictions or requirements for authorisation of use of the radio equipment shall be marked in order to alert the user.

Problem

At the time of writing many standards which were harmonised under the old R&TTE directive are not as yet listed as harmonised under the new Radio Equipment Regulations 2017. If you need to use a standard which is not yet harmonised it is advisable to seek advice from an approved body as you will need the services of such to certify your product and therefore have sufficient evidence of compliance to the Radio Equipment Regulations 2017.

CEM International are an Approved Body for the Radio Equipment Regulations 2017 and can provide assistance with certification.

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