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Radio and telecommunications terminal equipment (R&TTE)

International activities

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International activities in the context of the Radiocommunications and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment sector are intended to help the industry face the challenges of globalisation. To this end, the Commission scrutinizes the industrial policy of other countries and trade blocks, evaluating the relevant economic impact on the sectors.

As well, the Commission favours market access in third countries by promoting regulatory convergence and expanding geographically the Internal Market, especially in large trading blocks like USA, China, Japan, Russia and others.

You could find more information about these international activities and about the international aspects in the fields of Standards and Conformity Assessment our websites dedicated to International Affairs and external aspects of European regulatory policy.

More specifically, DG ENTR is also active in the following issues in the area of Radiocommunications and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment:

  • Trans-Atlantic Economic Council (TEC). In this context, the Commission is negotiating with the U.S. and its Occupational Health and Safety Agency, a change towards the EU system that allows the manufacturer to do the conformity assessment for electrical products himself, even for some selected products. This is a barrier for companies who have to undergo a certification procedure by a U.S. certification authority before they can place their products on the U.S. market. See also our website dedicated to International Affairs.
  • Information Technology Agreement (ITA). The ITA was signed in 1996 under the auspices of WTO to expand trade in IT and telecommunication products (ICT) by eliminating customs tariffs on an agreed range of products. ITA has not only boosted international trade in ICT products but also the dissemination of technology across the world.
    On 15 September 2008 the European Communities presented a proposal to the WTO for the review of the agreement. This proposal includes an expansion of the product coverage to take into account technological developments, the agreement of disciplines to address non-tariff barriers, a mechanism for the regular update of product coverage, as well as possible expansion of the Agreement's Membership. See also the World Trade Organisation (WTO) website.
  • NAMA. DG ENTR is also active in the negotiations of the electronics chapter of the Non-Agricultural Market Access Negotiations (NAMA) in the WTO-context. For more information: see also the World Trade Organisation (WTO) website.
  • Regulatory and Industrial and Enterprise Policy dialogues : DG Enterprise is very active in the area of Radiocommunications and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment in the following regulatory dialogues:

    - China, namely in the Working Group on Electrical and Mechanical Products. See also our website dedicated to International Affairs dedicated to cooperation between the EU and China.

    - Russia, through the Working Group on ICT, Radio and Telecommunications. See also our website dedicated to International Affairs dedicated to cooperation between the EU and Russia.

This table provides more information for Conformity Assessment Bodies that operate under Mutual Recognition Agreements between the European Union and Japan, the United States of America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.


General information

Frequency plan

Approval regulations


Australian Communications Authority (ACA)






Information and Communications Policy
MRA related legislation

Frequency Assignment


New Zealand




United States of America

Federal Communications Commission (FCC)


Equipment Authorization



Part 68 TCBs [29 KB]

Test Labs under MRA [27 KB]

Frequency Assignment Database

OET Docket

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