Information re. Radio Equipment Directive (RED) 2014/53/EU – implementation

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On 16 April 2014, the European Union adopted a new set of rules for making available radio equipment on the European market, and putting them into service. EU Member States have to adapt their National laws to this new Radio Equipment Directive (2014/53/EU, published on 22 May 2014) (“RED”), and apply its provisions starting from 13 June 2017.

Manufacturers of products which are compliant with the existing legislation (R&TTE or LVD/EMCD) who want to continue the deliveries of these products (i.e. making these products available on the market) after 12 June 2017, must certify these to comply with the new requirements from first deliveries starting 13 June 2017

It is important to underline that the new European (EU) RED directive is a replacement of the current European R&TTE Directive. Outside the European Union, national radio frequency regulations will still apply.

The EU is very specific on when RED comes into effect. RED specifies that all deliveries from 13 June 2017 onwards must be in compliance with its terms.

According to RED, 13 June 2017 is the first date of deliveries – meaning the last date of deliveries according to the previous Directive is 12 June 2017.
12 June 2017 reflects the last date when products which do not comply with RED can be “Placed on the market”.
RED explains that “Placing on the market” means: …the first making available of radio equipment on the Union market…
In practice, this means that 12 June 2017 is the final date for any product covered by the previous Directive to leave the “Manufacturer”.
Products shipped to partners before this date have been “Placed on the market” and are therefore allowed to remain in stock or be sold and installed by partners post-13 June 2017.