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Radio & Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (R&TTE) Directive - 1999/5/EC

Radio & Telecommunications Terminal Equipment

With the exception of a few categories of equipment, the R&TTE Directive 1999/5/EC applies to all equipment that uses the radio frequency spectrum. It also applies to all terminal equipment attached to public telecommunication networks.

Manufacturers of any product that uses radio frequencies, or is designed to interface with telecom networks, from mobile phone handsets to wireless modems to industrial control systems, needs to be aware of the requirements of the R&TTE Directive. Manufacturers have a legal requirement to ensure their products meet the terms of the Directive. The relevant standards for the R&TTE Directive play an important role in bringing a product to market by deciding if it complies with the regulations. If Standards are not available a manufacturer may still bring a product on to the open market but will have to state clearly and comprehensively in the technical file how the requirements were met.

How Technology International can help

With an increasingly large number of products and systems being placed on the market that use remote or wireless communication technology, the number of manufacturers who need to ensure that their designs comply with the R&TTE Directive is increasing. Even manufacturers who do not specialise in dedicated 'telecoms' products, but who use components such as wireless modems in their systems need to be aware of the R&TTE Directive requirements.

Technology International has over twenty years experience of providing specialist regulatory compliance services to a wide range of organisations and companies. The services offered by Technology International's team of highly qualified engineers cover:

  • Reviews of product designs to identify non-conformities to the R&TTE directive
  • Field and laboratory based product testing to applicable European Standards
  • Preparation of technical documentation to demonstrate conformity to the R&TTE Directive
  • Advice on statutory obligations, preparation of declarations, maintaining conformity and other

Whatever a client's individual requirements Technology International can tailor support solutions to meet their specific needs and budget.

Technology International R&TTE Directive Notified Body services

Some products that fall within the scope of the R&TTE Directive require assessment by an authorised third party before a claim of conformity is valid; specifically products that have not been designed or built to meet a European Harmonised Standard. Assessments are completed by Notified Bodies for the R&TTE Directive, which are appointed by the national governments of the European member states.

Technology International (Europe) Limited is a Notified Body for the R&TTE Directive and can conduct assessments on behalf of manufacturers. The assessment procedure is simple, cost effective and efficient. A successful assessment allows manufacturers to affix a valid CE Marking and place the applicable product on the market within Europe.