Update on the Draft R&TTE Directive: Page 3 of 4

March 31, 2014 //By Jean-Louis Evans, TÜV SÜD
Since its introduction in April 2000, the Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment Directive (R&TTE) has been the required method for manufacturers to test and show compliance of any radio and telecoms equipment that is sold across Europe.
that manufacturers will now have two options within the new Directive. One is to include a copy of the full EU declaration of conformity covering all applicable Directives with each piece of radio equipment.

The simplified EU declaration of conformity, previously introduced following a TCAM interpretation, is now an explicit option. This must include the internet or e-mail address where the full EU declaration of conformity can be obtained. It must also be available in a language or languages required by the Member State in which the radio equipment is placed.

The draft Directive also introduces new responsibilities for importers with regards to sample testing of products. It is not entirely clear at what point this becomes a mandatory requirement as the draft uses the words “when deemed appropriate with regard to the risks presented by radio equipment”, so this is currently quite subjective. However, to protect the health and safety of consumers, importers will be required to carry out sample testing of radio equipment made available on the market. They must also investigate and keep a register of complaints of non-conforming radio equipment and of product recalls, and keep distributors informed of such monitoring.

Specific responsibilities for market surveillance authorities are defined in the draft Directive for the evaluation of compliance of radio equipment to ensure that, if considered justified, non-compliant radio equipment is withdrawn or recalled from the market.

Recent proposals have included the mandating of universal battery chargers, particularly for mobile phones, and the introduction of CE marking on integral screens.

While the new R&TTE Directive is still in draft form, following feedback from Member States, it is hoped that the first reading of the new Directive will be put before the Commission in early 2014. While there are no defined deadlines, it is important that manufacturers, importers and wholesalers of radio equipment become familiar with the new format and requirements, especially as Annexes in the old

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