As an electronics manufacturer, understanding and adhering to relevant regulations is crucial for market access and legal compliance. Directive 2014/53/EU, referred to as the Radio Equipment Directive (RED), is one such regulation that you’ll need to be familiar with if you plan to sell your device or devices in Europe.

As specialists in product testing and compliance, our team can complete testing for your device to ensure you comply with Directive 2014/53/EU.

You can contact us online or call us at 866-540-5287 to ask our engineers a question about RED testing and compliance, or request a quote for testing your device.

You can also continue reading to learn more about what Directive 2014/53/EU is, why it’s such an important and significant regulation, and the basic process for achieving compliance.

What is Directive 2014/53/EU?

Directive 2014/53/EU is a key piece of legislation enacted by the European Union. It acts as a replacement for Directive 1999/5/EC and standardizes requirements for radio equipment that’s sold within the EU.

The directive, commonly referred to as the Radio Equipment Directive or RED, applies to any equipment that uses the radio frequency spectrum for communication or detection. 

This means that a wide range of products are affected by RED, from industrial equipment and communications devices to simple radio-controlled toys.

Key Objectives

Directive 2014/53/EU aims to ensure a high level of safety and health protection for users and the general public, adequate levels of electromagnetic compatibility (EMC), and efficient use of the radio spectrum by devices. 

The standard is designed to avoid harmful electromagnetic interference (EMI), which can affect the performance and safety of radio devices. 

Why is Directive 2014/53/EU Important?

Compliance with Directive 2014/53/EU is mandatory for manufacturers who wish to market their radio equipment within the EU. It’s crucial to comply with the directive for several reasons:

  • Market access. Failing to comply with Directive 2014/53/EU can result in your products potentially being barred from the EU market.
  • Consumer safety. Ensuring that your products meet the directive’s standards protects both consumer and industrial users.
  • Interference prevention. Compliance ensures that your products do not cause harmful interference with other radio equipment.
  • Reputation. Adhering to the RED Directive plays a critical role in your reputation as a manufacturer, enhancing your brand’s credibility and image.

The Compliance Process

Achieving compliance with Directive 2014/53/EU involves several steps. The process begins with understanding the Directive and its impact on your product, then completing testing and preparing a Declaration of Conformity for your device.

It’s important to understand and carefully follow this process to ensure your device complies with all of the required standards. 

Understand the Applicable Requirements

First, you’ll need to determine the specific requirements that are applicable to your product under Directive 2014/53/EU. These include clearly defined requirements for product safety, EMC and efficient use of the radio spectrum. 

We specialize in Directive 2014/53/EU compliance and can help you learn more about what requirements you’ll need to meet for your device. 

Complete Testing for Your Product

In order to achieve compliance with Directive 2014/53/EU, you’ll need to complete testing for your product. This type of testing is completed with the help of an accredited testing lab, who will complete a series of tests for your device and prepare reports.

As specialists in RED Directive testing, we can complete testing for your device to make sure you’re fully compliant with Directive 2014/53/EU.

Contact us to request a quote for testing your device, ask a question to our engineers or learn more about the testing process.

Prepare Technical Documentation

Following testing, you’ll need to prepare technical documentation that demonstrates that your product is compliant. This documentation is typically produced during the testing process and includes test reports, technical specifications, and user instructions for your device.

Produce an EU Declaration of Conformity

After testing and the preparation of technical documentation, the next step in complying with Directive 2014/53/EU is to prepare a Declaration of Conformity for your product.

A Declaration of Conformity is a formal statement that declares that your product is compliant with all relevant laws and regulations in the European Union, including Directive 2014/53/EU.

Add the CE Marking to Your Product

After completing testing and preparing an EU Declaration of Conformity, you’ll need to add the CE mark to your product. This is a visible indication that your product complies with all relevant EU legislation, including Directive 2014/53/EU.

Post-Compliance Responsibilities

Complying with Directive 2014/53/EU requires ongoing attention and effort. Once your product is in compliance, your responsibilities include:

  • Ensuring ongoing compliance after product updates. If you make any changes to your product, you may need to complete additional testing and prepare documentation.
  • Keeping accurate records. You’ll need to maintain documentation and your Declaration of Conformity for a period of 10 years after your product enters the market.
  • Allowing market surveillance. EU member states may complete market surveillance for your product and/or industry.

Contact Us for Help Complying With Directive 2014/53/EU

As specialists in electronic device testing and compliance, we’ve successfully helped hundreds of manufacturers complete testing for their products and achieve compliance with EU, FCC and other regulations, including Directive 2014/53/EU.

If your device is subject to Directive 2014/53/EU, you can contact us online or call us at 866-540-5287 to request a free quote for testing and compliance assistance. Our engineers can also answer any of your questions about the testing process to make sure you’re fully informed and prepared.