The new Radio Equipment Directive 2014/53/EU (RED) was published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) on 22 May 2014.
The RED will replace the R&TTE Directive 1999/5/EC on 13 June 2016 after a two year transition period, allowing companies affected to prepare for the new legislation.
Some key aspects of this significant new Directive include:
· RED brings the Directive into line with the New Legislative Framework (NLF) which has replaced the 20 year old New Approach.
· The RED introduces obligations for importers and distributors of radio equipment as well as manufacturers.
· Broadcast receivers are now included within the scope of the RED.
· Telecommunications Terminal Equipment which have no radio interface will no longer be within the Directive's scope, but instead will be within the scope of the Low Voltage Directive (LVD) 2014/35/EU and the Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Directive 2014/30/EU.