Radio & Telecommunications Testing

We can help you ensure that your Radio and Telecommunications products comply with their local wireless regulations.

Radio and Telecommunications products sold in various key markets must legally comply with their local wireless regulations; these requirements can be complex and vary from region to region.

Compliance with applicable directives is a legal requirement and there are penalties for both companies and individuals in breach of the regulations. By choosing York EMC Services (YES), you ensure that your products conform to the necessary regional standards.

New Radio Equipment Directive (RED) 2014/53/EU

On the 13th June 2016 the RED 2014/35/EU came into effect, replacing the RTTE directive with a one year transition period. The RED has significant changes to its scope compared to the RTTE Directive and covers all products which have a radio interface irrespective of their primary function.

Under the RED, Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (TTE) which has no radio interface is no longer within its scope but is instead within the scope of the new Low Voltage Directive (LVD) 2014/35/EU and the new EMC Directive 2014/30/EU.

Some other key aspects of this new Directive include

  • Broadcast receivers are now within the scope of the RED (previously excluded)
  • Importers and distributors will incur legal responsibilities and duties under the RED
  • Notified Body activity will be more closely regulated
  • Market surveillance activities will be increased to ensure that non-compliant products are more easily identified and quickly removed from the market

From 13th June 2017 all Declaration’s of Conformity (DoCs) for products with a radio interface should be made against the Radio Equipment Directive irrespective of whether they are being placed on the market for the first time or already on the market and were first declared against the RTTE directive.

Testing services include

  • Testing for compliance with the RTTE Directive and RED Directive
  • UKAS Accredited Radio testing of
    • Short Range Devices (SRD)
    • Wideband Transmission Systems in the 2.4 GHz Band
    • Broadband Radio Access Networks (BRAN) 5 GHz performance RLAN
  • Radio Approval Testing to a wide range of standards e.g. ETSI technologies e.g. wireless
  • Radio Performance Evaluation and Antenna Characterisation
  • Spectrum Investigation up to 40 GHz

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

Using pre-tested modules

Even if your radio modules are pre-tested and the primary function of your device is not a radio product, the performance of the radio modules may be affected when incorporated into your product.

Under these circumstances we would recommend at least a partial re-test of radiated spurious emissions to ensure that the combined product remains compliant.

RTTE Directive 1999/5/EC

In Europe Radio and Telecommunications terminal equipment fall within the scope of the Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (RTTE Directive) 1999/5/EC (UK Statutory Instrument 2000 no 730).

The RTTE Directive applies to a very large and rapidly increasing number of products that affect our everyday lives, including our mobile phones and laptops, anything that connects to our phone line or cable TV system, and anything with a radio transmitter or non-broadcast receiver in it.

This Directive is in the process of being replaced by the Radio Equipment Directive (RED) 2014/53/EU, whose transition period ends on 13th June 2016.

To learn more attend our one day training course entitled The Radio Equipment Directive Explained.