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:
- 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:
Historical publications of subclasses
- Subclasses of Class 1 - July 2012 [446 KB]
- Subclasses of Class 1 - July 2014 [520 KB]
- Subclasses of Class 2 - November 2012 [112 KB]
- Subclasses of Class 2 - July 2014
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.
- Dr. Hans Wortmann, University of Groningen - Impact of the wireless revolution in The Nederlands and recommendations
- ORGALIME - Requirements for Wireless Technologies in Industrial Automation
- Honeywell - Industrial Wireless Network Solutions and Utilization
- CISCO - Wireless resources for Advanced Manufacturing
- Swiss Federal Office of Communications - Considerations on spectrum use
- ETSI - Wireless equipment for advanced manufacturing - how ETSI can help
- CENELEC - Standardisation perspectives
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.
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.
- Needs to be addressed - Danish Business Authority [595 KB]
- Consumers views on receiver performance of mobile phones – ANEC [581 KB]
- Antenna Performance Activities - GSMA [716 KB]
- Perspectives for standardisation – ETSI [4 MB]
- Views on antenna performance - DIGITALEUROPE [177 KB]
- Antenna Testing - GFC [1 MB]