Friday, May 23, 2014

New Radio Equipment Directive Published

European Union flag

European Union flag (Photo credit: YanniKouts)

The new Radio Equipment Directive (RED) 2014/53/EU, replacing the R&TTE directive, has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union. The directive enters into force 20 days after publication and shall be transposed and become applicable 24 months after the date of entry into force.

Products have one extra year before they must comply with the new requirements. Products that comply with the current EU R&TTE directive 1999/5/EC can be placed on the market up to 36 months after the date of entry into force.

Publication in the OJEU was on 22nd May 2014.


RTTE-CA presentation by the European Commission Unit F5

Directive 2014/53/EU

Thursday, April 3, 2014

New EMC Directive Published

The revised Electromagnetic Compatibility Directive (EMC Directive) has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union (3/29/2014)

A new “Blue Guide”  on the implementation of the EU product rules, 2014 edition, has been published.

Visit for links to both documents.

Friday, February 7, 2014

New EMC directive and LVD - NLF (New Legislative Framework) recast

European Commission

European Commission (Photo credit: tiseb)

Voting has concluded and a number of CE marking directives have undergone a “recast” to align with the European Commission New Legislative Framework (NLF). Among the new directives for electrical products are the Electromagnetic compatibility EMC Directive and Electrical equipment designed for use within certain voltage limits Low Voltage Directive.

The updated directives align them with the legislation laid down within the “NLF”. The NLF, adopted in 2008, is intended to improve market surveillance rules, require traceability within the supply chain, boost the quality of conformity assessment through stronger rules on the requirements imposed on conformity assessment bodies and testing laboratories, and stronger controls on the use of the “CE Mark” to enhance the marking credibility.

REF; – European Commission Press Release (Feb. 5th 2014)

Thursday, November 7, 2013

New versions of EN 55022 and EN 55024

ce mark

ce mark (Photo credit: a94540871)

Just a little over 3 weeks before the new European EMC standards for Information Technology equipment are mandatory, are your reports and testing up to date?

The date of withdrawal is set to 12/1/13, after that date, no products covered by EN 55022 or EN55024 can be placed on the European market unless they are compliant with the new standards.

Link to CENELEC Project Page
Link to CENELEC Project Page

Monday, October 21, 2013

Power line communication standard ratified

Power to you

Power to you (Photo credit: Domiriel)

On October 9th, 2013, the CENELEC Technical Board (BT) ratified FprEN 50561-1:2012

‘Power line communication apparatus used in low-voltage installations - Radio disturbance characteristics - Limits and methods of measurement – Part 1: Apparatus for in-home use’


Implementation dates:

  • Date of adoption (doa) = April 9th, 2014
  • Date of publication (dop) = October 9th, 2014
  • Date of Withdrawal (dow) = October 9th, 2016

It has been asked of the CEN-CENELEC Management Center (CCMC) to offer the standard to the European Commission (EC) for citation in the Official Journal (OJEU) under the EMC Directive and R&TTE Directive.

Previous posts on Power line communications;

Dec. 3, 2010 - An update on PLT, Power Line Telecommunications, in Europe

July 20, 2011 - Power Line Communication Limits and methods of measurement draft Part 1

Dec 14, 2011 - The last word on Power Line telecom (PLT) in the EU, EN 55022:2006 applies in full, maybe….

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Government reopens

The partial shutdown of the Federal Government that lasted 16 days ended today and the FCC systems come back online. Access to the OET system, which includes electronic filing and the OET knowledge base has been restored. TCBs are now able to issue grants of certification and perform research on pending applications.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

U.S. Federal Government begins partial shutdown

September 30th 2013, shortly before midnight the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued a memorandum that directs federal agencies to begin an orderly shutdown.

For the first time in 17 years the U.S. Federal Government is in partial shutdown. Among the Federal agencies affected by the shutdown is the FCC's Office of Engineering and Technology (OET).

While the shutdown is in effect, applications for product approvals through the FCC's certification system cannot be processed. Applications can still be initiated via the TCB program, but certifications can not be issued while the OET system is offline.

It is uncertain how long the shutdown will last or when the OET certification system will be back online.