Radio and Communications Equipment

Radio and telecommunications terminal equipment which contain an intentional transmitter are an increasingly important part of home and work life.

Whether the radio component has been designed in-house or incorporates a pre-tested embedded wireless technology, some element of radio compliance testing may still be required.

Radio and Telecommunications Compliance

In order to CE Mark and to place a radio product onto the market, or put a radio product into service within the EU, manufacturers are required to demonstrate compliance with the Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (RTTE) Directive or Radio Equipment Directive (RED) 2014/53/EU.

The RED came into effect in 2016 with a one year transition period which ends on 13th June 2017. From this date

  • Radio equipment will need to demonstrate compliance with the RED
  • Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (TTE) will move from RTTE to the EMC Directive, 2014/30/EU and Low Voltage Directive (LVD), 2014/35/EU

Testing

We have three UKAS accredited test laboratories offering pre-compliance and compliance testing for a variety of radio and telecommunications devices.

A radio product typically gets assessed for technical requirements such as transmitter output power, frequency range, frequency stability, undesirable radiated and/or conducted emissions, adjacent channel power and power density. This is in addition to the EMC and electrical safety requirements which are also mandated by the RED.

Assessments to the relevant European harmonised standards will provide you with the presumption of conformity and allow you to confidently issue a Declaration of Conformity and CE Mark your radio product.

Please refer to our UKAS schedule for full details of specific standards we are accredited to and contact us for a full list of standards we can test to.

Radio

A key element of the RTTE and Radio Equipment Directives is to ensure optimal use of the available radio spectrum. This is assessed by a series of radio performance tests in accordance with the harmonised ETSI standards.

At York EMC, we have a rapidly expanding portfolio of tests designed to address the needs of a wide range of manufacturers who are either using pre-existing radio modules or embedding discrete wireless circuits that they have designed themselves into their products.

EMC and Electrical Safety

The Radio Equipment Directive excludes Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (TTE) from its scope and it is now subject to the requirements of the EMC and Low Voltage (LV) Directives. A product with a wireless interface is still subject to EMC and electrical safety requirements, but these are directly under the RED rather than the individual EMC and Low Voltage Directives.

Our accredited test laboratories are able to test a wide range of TTE products as well as those containing a wireless interface, specifically Short Range Devices.

Support

We can advise manufacturers on managing their regulatory risk to ensure that they get their product to market quickly and efficiently, whilst protecting their brand reputation. In particular, we can provide guidance on

  • Procurement strategies
  • Families of similar products
  • Use of pre-tested radio modules
  • Risk assessments
  • Technical documentation preparation
  • Design consultancy
  • Notified Body assessment of EMC Technical Documentation
  • On-going compliance

Training

We offer scheduled training at various levels, from one-day Essentials courses through to five-day fundamentals helping manufacturers and their supply chains to achieve on-going compliance to a number of CE Marking Directives including the EMC, Low Voltage and Radio Equipment Directives.

We also offer Bespoke or in-house training courses including communications in the railway environment, mobile radio propagation, spectrum management issues, VSAT systems and RF and microwave circuit design. Please enquire at our York office for more information.