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R&TTE 1-SN: Radio and telecommunications terminal equipment one-stop notification


From car door openers to cellular phones and broadcast transmitters, from ADSL modems to telephone switches, the Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment Industries (R&TTE) field is one of the few high-tech sectors in which the EU industry holds a globally leading position in certain sub-sectors, being particularly competitive in the areas of cellular communications and switching.
R&TTE is a software/web based tool to create a collecting point and conversion system, which relates to a data storage system allowing the interchange of information through an "intelligent" electronic notification form. It should also be mentioned that it encompasses all products using the radio frequency spectrum and all equipment attached to public telecommunications networks.

Last update: September 2007



The development of this software/web based tool allows manufacturers to notify via a secure link and through a single procedure their intention to place products on the market of the Member States.

This web-based tool shall:
  • communicate this information to relevant contact points in Member States
  • perform predefined actions on the notifications, which can be individually defined by the Member State authorities
  • store information that has been notified for consultation by Member States
  • provide reporting mechanisms 

Technical Functionalities & Approach

The system should allow for a standard procedure of inputting the radio equipment technical characteristics through a web based interface, that can be accessed by the manufacturers, using a secure link through the most commonly used Internet browsers.
The interface should assist the manufacturer as notifying party and ensure the integrity of data, being able to correct them and retain the history.
The information should be centrally stored into a single system by receiving a notification; the collecting point transfers the data to the data storage and informs the administrations concerned by e-mail. The notification data are transferred via a specified protocol (XML).

Potential Beneficiaries

  • Benefits for the sector
    • A single, clearer and straightforward procedure, both for  manufacturers and Member States administrations
    • Possibility for EU wide analysis of notified data
  • Benefits for national Member States administrations
    • Fewer information systems to be maintained and updated
    • Better communications with manufacturers
    • More effectiveness of market surveillance actions due to better availability of information
  • Benefits for citizens / enterprises
    • Cost savings in the number of notification processes to be followed by the manufacturers and Member States administrations
    • Less bureaucracy and fewer possible errors
    • Higher level of legal and technical accomplishment for enterprises
    • Safety for product users, preventing the placement on the markets of non-complying products  
  • Benefits for other entities
    • The system will provide for the possibility to gather statistics on the number and types of products placed on the EU market.

The role of IDABC

The system will be web-based with generally available technical and security mechanisms. In particular, a Public Key Infrastructure from the IDABC PKI Horizontal Pan-European eGovernment and Infrastructure Service will be used, including personal and functional certificates, in order to ensure the most secure and integrated exchange of information between the users of the system: notifying parties, collecting points and the Member States.
Among the results of the action, a very useful, flexible and multi-functional web tool will be available for further developments in other areas of interest in the framework of the IDABC Programme.

Key Data

Project start date
Project completion date
Project status
IDABC budget
€ 120.000
Service in charge
Associated Service
Directorate General for Enterprise and Industry - Unit H.5: Mechanical and Electrical Equipment
Directorate General for Information Society and Media - Unit B3: Electronic Communications Policy - Implementation of Regulatory Framework
Responsible action manager
BOGERS Marinus
Countries involved
All EU member states
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