Radio equipment

Changes in 2016 and 2017

Directive No. 1999/5/EC on radio equipment and telecommunications terminal equipment and the mutual recognition of their conformity (the R&TTE Directive) was replaced, with effect on 13th June 2016 by Directive 2014/53/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 April 2014 on the harmonisation of the laws of the Member States relating to the making available on the market of radio equipment and repealing Directive 1999/5/EC (the RED Directive).

In this context, Governement Order No. 426/2000 Coll., as amended, which determines technical standards for radio and telecommunications terminal equipment, was replaced by new Government Order No. 426/2016 Coll, on the assessment of conformity of radio equipment when delivered to the market.

The new directive introduces a number of changes to concern consideration of conformity and the operation of radio equipment, among them:

1. Only radio equipment will now fall under the directive. Terminal telecommunications equipment will now be regulated only by general directives for electrical and electronic equipment.

2. Equipment under 9 kHz will now be considered radio equipment.

3. The requirement that the type of equipment is defined, including relation to software.

4. Obligations are laid down for manufacturer, authorised representative and importer and now distributor and economic operator.

5. The frequency and wattage must now be specified for each product.

6. Radio and TV receivers will now be included in the directive.

7. It is no longer possible to place equipment on the market which cannot be operated in at least one EU Member State.

8. Only the manufacturer must consider conformity and provide the product with the CE mark.

9. Equipment for testing purposes has now been removed from the directive.

10. A warning sign (!) will no longer be used for the CE mark.

The provisions of the current directive / Government Order may be used until 12th June 2017 for equipment already placed on the market.