Reference documents R&TTE
The European Parliament and Council Directive 1999/5/EC defines the rules for the placing on the market and putting into service of Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment.
A Guide [370 KB] is available to assist with the common application of Directive 1999/5/EC. It has no weight in law but deals with a number of practical issues that will be of interest to manufacturers and other stakeholders.
The easiest route to demonstrate compliance of equipment with the Directive is to have the equipment comply with the related Harmonized Standard. For this Directive Harmonized Standards are developed mostly by ETSI. Some safety and health standards are developed by CENELEC. These standards are developed upon a request from the European Commission and they enter to force when their references are published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU).
When the manufacturer did not use Harmonized Standard, or when they do not exist, it must present its technical demonstration to a notified body, which will review it.
Equipment classes are defined by Article 4.1 of the Directive. The European Commission has adopted a Decision laying down an initial classification (Commission Decision 2000/299/EC of 6 April 2000 ).
The decision identifies two classes:
- Class 1 equipment is equipment that can be placed on the market and be put into service without restrictions as indicated in Article 1(1) of the Decision. The Commission, in consultation with Member States, publishes an indicative and non exhaustive list of equipment falling within the scope of Class 1:
Subclasses of Class 1 - July 2012 [446 KB]
- Class 2 equipment is equipment for which Member States apply restrictions as indicated in Article 1(2) of the Decision, which also assigns the Alert Sign as Equipment Class Identifier for this class.
The following subclasses of Class 2 correspond to radio equipment using harmonised frequency bands for which, in consequence, notification in accordance with Article 6(4) of the Directive is not necessary: