Radio Equipment Regulations 2017

What does it cover?

‘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;

What are the radio equipment regulation essential requirements?

1.Radio equipment shall be constructed so as to ensure:
(a) the protection of health and safety of persons and of domestic animals and the protection of property, including the objectives with respect to safety requirements set out in Radio Equipment Regulations 2017, but with no voltage limit applying;
(b) an adequate level of electromagnetic compatibility as set out in Electromagnetic Compatibility Regulations 2016.

2.Radio equipment shall be so constructed that it both effectively uses and supports the efficient use of radio spectrum in order to avoid harmful interference.

3.Radio equipment within certain categories or classes shall be so constructed that it complies with the following essential requirements:
(a) radio equipment interworks with accessories, in particular with common chargers;
(b) radio equipment interworks via networks with other radio equipment;
(c) radio equipment can be connected to interfaces of the appropriate type throughout the UK;
(d) radio equipment does not harm the network or its functioning nor misuse network resources, thereby causing an unacceptable degradation of service;
(e) radio equipment incorporates safeguards to ensure that the personal data and privacy of the user and of the subscriber are protected;
(f) radio equipment supports certain features ensuring protection from fraud;
(g) radio equipment supports certain features ensuring access to emergency services;
(h) radio equipment supports certain features in order to facilitate its use by users with a disability;
(i)radio equipment supports certain features in order to ensure that software can only be loaded into the radio equipment where the compliance of the combination of the radio equipment and software has been demonstrated.

What needs to be in the radio equipment directive technical file?

(a) a general description of the radio equipment including:
(i) photographs or illustrations showing external features, marking and internal layout;
(ii) versions of software or firmware affecting compliance with essential requirements;
(iii) user information and installation instructions;

(b) conceptual design and manufacturing drawings and schemes of components, sub-assemblies, circuits and other relevant similar elements;

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

(d) a list of the designated standards applied in full or in part the references of which have been published by the UK Government, and, where those designated standards have not been applied, descriptions of the solutions adopted to meet the essential requirements set out in Article 3, including a list of other relevant technical specifications applied. In the event of partly applied designated standards, the technical documentation shall specify the parts which have been applied;

(e) copy of the UK declaration of conformity;

(f) 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;

(g) results of design calculations made, examinations carried out, and other relevant similar elements; (h) test reports; (i) 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).

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

What if a standard is not designated?

The use of an approved body such as ourselves may be mandatory as not all of the Radio Equipment Regulations standards have yet to be updated for the radio equipment regulation. On the website you can find a list of the current Radio Equipment Regulations 2017 designated standards if the standard applicable to your product is not listed therein we strongly suggest you contact us.

CEM International are a radio equipment regulation UK Approved Body number 1942. We can arrange testing though our parent company who are internationally accredited for testing to the standards required under the regulation, we can review technical construction files and issue certification, we can also supply upon request a checklist for a RED technical file to our existing customers.

We can also provide a template for the radio equipment regulation declaration of conformity.

Please click here to be directed to the list of designated standards for information on Radio Equipment Regulations 2017 compliance.

Contact us to see how we can help.