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Radio and telecommunications terminal equipment (R&TTE)

Reference documents R&TTE


The European Parliament and Council Directive 1999/5/EC български (bg) czech (cs) dansk (da) Deutsch (de) eesti (et) ελληνικά (el) español (es) Français (fr) Gaeilge (ga) hrvatski (hr) italiano (it) latviešu (lv) lietuvių (lt) magyar (hu) Malti (mt) Nederlands (nl) polski (pl) português (pt) română (ro) slovenčina (sk) slovenščina (sl) suomi (fi) svenska (sv) defines the rules for the placing on the market and putting into service of Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment.


A Guide pdf - 370 KB [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).

Notified Bodies

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

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 български (bg) czech (cs) dansk (da) Deutsch (de) eesti (et) ελληνικά (el) español (es) Français (fr) Gaeilge (ga) hrvatski (hr) italiano (it) latviešu (lv) lietuvių (lt) magyar (hu) Malti (mt) Nederlands (nl) polski (pl) português (pt) română (ro) slovenčina (sk) slovenščina (sl) suomi (fi) svenska (sv) ).

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 - December 2014

  • 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:

 Subclasses of Class 2 - December 2014

Historical publications of subclasses

Reports and studies

Workshop: Wireless resources for Advanced Manufacturing – Brussels 30 October 2014

The development and uptake of advanced manufacturing is essential for the future of EU industry. Wireless applications are a key enabler of advanced manufacturing, and are increasingly present in the manufacturing environment.

This forward-looking workshop has been organised by the Commission in order to ensure that the needs of advanced manufacturing are fully integrated in the policies for spectrum management and related standardisation.



Study on the impact of the MOU on harmonisation of chargers for mobile telephones and to assess possible future options

In order to evaluate the results achieved with the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)  and specifically

  • to analyse how the stated objectives to delivering benefits for consumers and for industry;
  • to analyse results concerning  reduction of electronic waste;
  • to provide all the elements in view of considering options for appropriate follow-up,

a study was launched in September 2013 and concluded in August 2014.

Executive summary

Final report

Study on the performance of mobile phone antennas

A workshop 'Receiver performance of mobile phone antennas' has been organised on 10th of April 2014 (programme  [156 KB]). The results of the study have been presented for clarifying the situation and envisage possible future actions in this field.

Possible ways to improve receivers’ performances of mobile telephones in the market have been debated with main involved actors, mobile phone industry, mobile operators, consumers’ associations, national authorities, etc.


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