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Clarification of transitional arrangements

Clarification of transitional arrangements concerning harmonised standards of the current type approval regime.

Introduction

Article 18.1 of Directive 1999/5/EC foresees that the technical specifications laid down in Common Technical Regulations (CTRs) adopted under Directive 98/13/EC pdf - 101 KB [101 KB] continue to give a presumption of conformity to the essential requirements of 1999/5/EC.

Comparison of requirements in CTRs under 98/13/EC and 1999/5/EC

Article 3.1 requirements don't appear in CTRs as they relate either to the requirements of the LVD and EMC Directives or, e.g. where equipment is outside the scope of these Directives are covered by the requirements of article 5(a) and 5(b) of Directive 98/13/EC.

The requirement contained in article 3.2 of 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) is a proper subset of requirement 5(e) of Directive 98/13/EC.

There aren't any technical requirements in CTRs, which relate to Article 5(c). The EMC Directive properly covers all EMC phenomena.

Article 3.1 and 3.2 of the Directive do not cover requirements of articles 5(d), 5(f) and 5(g).

Only for equipment, for which it has been identified that 1 or more of the requirements of article 3.3 has to apply would there be requirements in existing CTRs, giving presumption to requirements of the new Directive. For the time being application of article 3.3 is however not envisaged for equipment, which currently is covered by CTRs.

Superfluous CTRs

Where a CTR only covers requirements from articles 5(d), 5(f) and/or 5(g) of Directive 98/13/EC or where a CTR covers receive-only requirements, all the requirements will have become voluntary requirements under the R&TTE Directive. It therefore is not further necessary to consider publication of the underlying harmonised standards under Directive 1999/5/EC.

This situation occurs for a large number of CTRs, notably those which either:

Cover attachment requirements to fixed networks;

Which cover voice quality and other pure interworking requirements.

The following table lists these CTRs:

CTR Reference

Decision Ref.

Adoption date

Description

CTR001

97/544/EC

10-Jul-97

X.21

CTR002 (Ed2)

97/545/EC

10-Jul-97

X.25

CTR003 (Am1)

98/515/EC

24-Apr-98

ISDN Basic Rate Access

CTR004 (Am1)

98/520/EC

24-Apr-98

ISDN Primary Rate Access

CTR007 (Ed1)

95/290/EC

18-Jul-95

ERMES

CTR007 (Ed2)

98/522/EC

24-Apr-98

ERMES

CTR008

95/526/EC

29-Nov-95

ISDN Telephony

CTR008 (Ed2)

1999/304/EC

12-Apr-99

ISDN Telephony

CTR010 (Ed2)

97/524/EC

10-Jul-97

DECT Telephony

CTR011

95/525/EC

29-Nov-95

DECT Public Access Profile

CTR012 (Am1)

97/520/EC

10-Jul-97

ONP 2048 kbit/s unstructured leased lines

CTR013

97/521/EC

10-Jul-97

ONP 2048 kbit/s structured leased lines

CTR014 (Am1)

97/522/EC

10-Jul-97

ONP 64 kbit/s digital unstructured leased line

CTR015

97/486/EC

10-Jul-97

ONP two-wire analogue leased lines

CTR017

97/487/EC

10-Jul-97

ONP four-wire analogue leased lines

CTR020 (Ed2)

98/542/EC

4-Sep-98

GSM Phase II Telephony

CTR021

98/482/EC

20-Jul-98

PSTN non-voice access

CTR022

97/525/EC

10-Jul-97

DECT generic access profile

CTR024

97/639/EC

20-Sep-97

34 Mbit/s digital structured and unstructured leased lines

CTR025

97/751/EC

1-Nov-97

140 Mbit/s digital structured and unstructured leased lines

CTR032 (Ed2)

98/543/EC

4-Sep-98

DCS1800 Telephony

CTR033

98/521/EC

24-Apr-98

ISDN basic access packet mode

CTR034

98/518/EC

24-Apr-98

ISDN primary rate packet mode

I-CTR037

1999/303/EC

12-Apr-99

PSTN Voice access

CTR038

98/576/EC

16-Sep-98

PSTN Voice

CTR039

DECT/GSM interworking (still under discussion)

CTR040

DECT/ISDN interworking

CTRs, to be published as harmonised standards under 1999/5/EC

The underlying standards of following CTRs need to be referenced in the Official Journal as giving presumption of conformity with the requirements of the new Directive:

CTR Reference

Decision Ref.

Adoption date

Description

Standard reference

CTR006 (Ed2)

97/523/EC

10-Jul-97

DECT Access

TBR 6 (Ed.2)

CTR019 (Ed2)

98/574/EC

16-Sep-98

GSM Phase II Access

TBR 19 (Ed.3)

CTR023

98/535/EC

3-Sep-98

TFTS

TBR 23

CTR026

98/578/EC

16-Sep-98

LMES in 1,5/1,6 GHz bands

TBR 26

CTR027

98/516/EC

24-Apr-98

Land Mobile Earth Stations Ku-band

TBR 27

CTR028

98/519/EC

24-Apr-98

VSAT Ku-band

TBR 28

CTR030

98/517/EC

24-Apr-98

Satellite News Gathering Ku-band

TBR 30

CTR035

1999//EC

30-Sep-99

TETRA Emergency

TBR 35

CTR039

DECT/GSM interworking

TBR 39 (still under discussion)

CTR041

98/533/EC

3-Sep-98

S-PCN 1.6/2.4 GHz

TBR 41

CTR042

98/534/EC

3-Sep-98

S-PCN 1.9/2.1 GHz

TBR 42

CTR043

98/577/EC

16-Sep-98

VSAT C-band

TBR 43

CTR044

98/734/EC

30-Nov-98

low data rate LMES in 1.5/1.6 GHz band

TBR 44

GSM HSCSD

1999//EC

7-Jul-99

GSM High Speed Circuit Switched Data

EN 301 419-2

From the above list it should be noted, that a further edition of TBR 6 has been adopted. The Commission Services don't intend to adopt a further CTR, based on this TBR and expect the TBR to be directly notified as a harmonised standard under Directive 1999/5/EC by ETSI before the next TCAM meeting.

Conclusion

The Commission Services will publish the list of harmonised standards under the current regime on 7 April 2000. If harmonised standards are notified to the Commission before that date, they will replace the TBR in the list.

Since a number of the above standards contain provisions deselecting parts of TBRs, which cover requirements not relating to essential requirements under the old Directive, the same requirements will be deselected in the list. This applies to TBR19, TBR31 and TBR35.

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