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Upcoming Changes for Wireless Equipment – EN 301 489-x

EN 301 489 series of standards for EMC testing of radio equipment are being revised. Although these EMC standards are intended for radio equipment, they are not planned to be listed in the Official Journal of the European Union under the Radio Equipment Directive 2014/53/EU (RED). Depending on your risk analysis results, the use of the new versions of the EN 301 489-x standards may fully cover the essential requirement of article 3.1(b) of RED for all types of radio equipment.

Depending on the results of the risk analysis, manufacturers should follow the new version of EN 301 489-1 and the particular EN 301 489 standard requirements and update their test reports for their current products as soon as possible. Testing may be necessary since there may be changes in the requirements. In particular, the radiated immunity frequency range for many but not all products has been extended to 6 GHz.

Manufacturers of radio equipment can use the R&TTE Directive – 1999/5/EC (Radio and Telecommunication Terminal Equipment Directive) and it’s harmonized standards, such as EN 301 489-1 V1.9.2 and EN 301 489-3 v1.6.1 in their Declaration of Conformities (DoC) until June 12, 2017.

After this date, manufacturers of any radio device who places product on the market in any country which requires CE marking, have to use RED (Radio Equipment Directive 2014/53/EU) in their DoC. This is applicable for all new products as well as for products that are currently being marketed and intended to be placed on the market after this date. Products with DoCs that are not updated to the RED are not to be placed on the European Union market after June 12, 2017.

Upcoming Changes for Transmitters and Receivers for Private Mobile Radio (PMR) service in the European Union. EN 300 113

By Deniz Demirci, Senior Wireless / EMC Engineer, NTS Silicon Valley

Manufacturers of radio transmitters and receivers used in stations in the Private Mobile Radio (PMR) service, operating on radio frequencies between 30 MHz and 1 GHz, intended for sale in the EU should take note of some important changes.

Currently, manufacturers of these type of equipment can still use the R&TTE Directive 1999/5/EC (Radio and Telecommunication Terminal Equipment  Directive) and it’s harmonized standard EN 300 113-2 V1.5.1 in their Declaration of Conformities (DoC) until June 12, 2017. After this date, manufacturers of any radio device that enters any country which requires CE marking, have to use the RED (Radio Equipment Directive – 2014/53/EU) in their DoC. This is applicable for all new products as well as for products that are currently being sold and are intended to be placed on the market after this date. Products for which DoCs are not updated to the RED are not to be placed on the European Union market after June 12, 2017.

The new version of the standard for Radio Equipment Directive was published in the ETSI web site as EN 300 113 V2.2.1 and it is listed in the Official Journal (OJ) of the EU (Harmonized).

Our recommendation to manufacturers is to schedule tests for the new requirements as soon as possible in order to update their test reports for the new directive.

The receiver performance requirements in the standard, which were not part of essential test suites before, are now unconditionally applicable to all receivers and transceivers in order to align with the Article 3.2 of the directive.

The new essential receiver test suits are;

  • Receiver maximum usable sensitivity1.
  • Receiver error behavior at high input levels.
  • Receiver co-channel rejection.
  • Receiver adjacent channel selectivity1.
  • Receiver spurious response rejection.
  • Receiver intermodulation response rejection.
  • Receiver blocking or desensitization.
  • Duplex operation receiver tests.

Note 1: The tests have to be repeated in extreme voltage and temperature conditions with every available channel spacing and modulation.

Manufacturers who cannot or decide not to use harmonized radio standards in their DoCs must have a Notified Body Type Examination & Certificate in order to presume compliance with the directive. The Notified Bodies have to follow Article 3.2 of RED in their type examination evaluations and will ask for evidence of presumption of conformity which must include a demonstration that the product meets the requirements of the directive which includes spectrum protection measures such as the performance characteristics of receivers.

Upcoming Changes for Wireless Equipment operating in the 2.4 GHz Band EN 300 328

By Deniz Demirci, Senior Wireless / EMC Engineer, NTS Silicon Valley

EN 300 328 V2.1.1 was harmonized and listed in the Official Journal of the European Union under Directive 2014/53/EU for RED (Radio Equipment Directive) on January 13, 2017. This version of the standard covers the essential requirements of article 3.2 of RED for 2.4 GHz ISM band WiFi, Bluetooth, and other Wideband transceivers.

Manufacturers of these types of equipment can still use the R&TTE Directive – 1999/5/EC (Radio and Telecommunication Terminal Equipment Directive) and its harmonized standard EN 300 328 V1.9.1 in their Declaration of Conformities (DoC) until June 12, 2017.

After this date, manufacturers of any radio device who enter any country which requires CE marking, have to use the RED (Radio Equipment Directive 2014/53/EU) in their DoC.

This is applicable for all new products as well as for products that are currently being marketed and intended to be placed on the market after this date. Products which DoCs are not updated the RED are not to be placed on the European Union market after June 12, 2017.

Manufacturers should follow EN 300 328 V2.1.1 requirements and update their test reports for their current products as soon as possible since there is significant change in the essential requirements.

  • The Receiver Blocking requirement is unconditionally applicable to all radio equipment regardless of receiver category or adaptivity capability. This is a major change from the previous version of the standard.

Since the Receiver Blocking was previously conditionally applicable to the adaptive equipment only and the test methods as well as the performance criteria were different, most products may have never been evaluated for this requirement before.

Note:  After June 12, 2017, any radio device which the standards are not yet harmonized and listed in the Official Journal of the European Union, must have a Notified Body Opinion/Type Examination Certificate in order to presume compliance with the essential requirements in Article 3.2 of Directive 2014/53/EU – RED.

Upcoming Changes for Wireless Equipment operating in 5 GHz Bands in the European Union EN 301 893

Manufacturers of wireless devices operating in the 5 GHz bands intended for sale in the European Union (EU) should take note of some important changes.

Manufacturers of these types of wireless equipment can still use the R&TTE Directive 1999/5/EC (Radio and Telecommunication Terminal Equipment  Directive) and it’s harmonized standard EN 301 893 V1.8.1 in their Declaration of Conformities (DoC) until June 12, 2017. After this date, manufacturers of any radio device that enters any country which requires CE marking have to use the RED (Radio Equipment Directive – 2014/53/EU) in their DoC. This is applicable for all new products as well as for products that are currently being sold and are intended to be placed on the market after this date. Products for which DoCs are not updated to the RED are not to be placed on the European Union market after June 12, 2017.

An issue with just declaring compliance with the RED as it is, that a RED harmonized version of EN 301 893 will not be listed in the Official Journal (OJ) of the EU by June 13, 2017. v2.1.0 of the standard is still in review and is scheduled to be published by ETSI on June 6, 2017 as v2.1.1. Harmonization is not expected (i.e. listed OJ) until September 19, 2017

Our recommendation to manufacturers is to schedule tests for the new requirements as soon as possible since test methods are significantly different.

Some of the changes are:

  1. Adaptivity has 3 different mandatory Interference signal types (AWGN, OFDM and LTE). Medium Access test methods have changed significantly. There are new procedures for Frame Based (other than 802.11) devices.
  2. The Receiver Blocking requirement is a new performance test applicable to all radio equipment.

With the absence of a harmonized version of this product standard, after June 12, 2017, any 5 GHz radio device must have a Notified Body Type Examination & Certificate in order to presume compliance with the Article 3.2 of the RED. Notified Bodies have to follow Article 3.2 of RED in their type examinations and will ask for evidence of presumption of conformity which must include a demonstration that the product meets Receiver Blocking requirements that are part of v2.1.0 of EN 301 893.

The new Adaptivity requirement as developed for the RED version of EN 301 893 is not aimed to address RED receiver requirements but future coexistence scenarios such as LTE-U which is not expected to be mass-marketed until 2018. Thus manufacturers can chose to submit the test cases to cover all the requirements of v1.8.1 version of the standard and receiver blocking testing of v2.1.0 for their Notified Body Type Examination applications until June 12, 2018.

When v2.1.1 is listed in the OJEU, the manufacturers will not have to have Notified Body Type Examination & Certificate if they follow this harmonized version of the standard but may still chose to use the Notified Body option to exclude new (enhanced) Adaptivity requirements until June 12, 2018.

Upcoming Changes for Wireless Equipment in the 5 GHz Band EN 301 893

By Deniz Demirci, Senior Wireless/EMC Engineer, NTS Silicon Valley 

Manufacturers of wireless devices operating in the 5 GHz bands intended sale in the EU should take note of some important changes.

Draft version of EN 301 893 V2.0.7 has been published in the ETSI web site in order to align with the Article 3.2 – Essential Requirements of Radio Equipment Directive 2014/53/EU.

Currently, manufacturers of these type of equipment can still use R&TTE Directive 1999/5/EC (Radio and Telecommunication Directive) and it’s harmonized standard EN 301 893 V1.8.1 in their Declaration of Conformities (DoC) until June 13, 2017.

After this date, manufacturers of any radio device who enters any country which requires CE marking, have to use RED (Radio Equipment Directive 2014/53/EU) in their DoC.

This is applicable for all new products as well as for products that are currently being marketed and intended to be sold after this date. Products which DoCs are not updated by this date, should not be sold in the European Union.

It is very likely that any RED version of EN 301 893 will not be ready and will not be listed in the OJ on June 13, 2017. The version V2.0.7 of the standard is still in review process and is scheduled to be published on July 8, 2017. The standard is expected to be listed on the Official Journal of the European Union on October 21, 2017.

With the absence of this product standard, there is a possibility that EN 301 893 V1.8.1 may be listed in the OJ with additional Adaptivity and Receiver Blocking requirements aligned with 301 893 V2.0.7 in order to presume compliance with RED until the new version of the standard is published.

Otherwise, after June 13, 2017, any 5 GHz radio device must have a Notified Body Opinion/Type Examination Certificate in order to presume compliance with the Article 3.2 – essential requirements of Directive 2014/53/EU – RED. Which means that, overwhelming number of products on the market will require Notified Body Opinion.

The Notified bodies also have to follow Article 3.2 of RED in their assessments and will ask for evidence of presumption of conformity which will include Adaptivity and Receiver Blocking tests.

Our recommendation to the manufacturers is to schedule the tests for the new requirements as soon as possible since the test methods are significantly different.

Some of the major changes are:

  1. Adaptivity has 3 different mandatory Interference signal type (AWGN, OFDM and LTE). Medium Access test methods have changed significantly. There are new procedures for Frame Based (other than 802.11) devices.
  2. The Receiver Blocking requirement is a new performance test and unconditionally applicable to all radio equipment.

Please contact us at sales@nts.com or call 800-270-2516 for additional details and how to test your product and update test reports for Radio Equipment Directive.

Upcoming Changes for Wireless Equipment in the 2.4 GHz Band EN 300 328

By Deniz Demirci, Senior Wireless/EMC Engineer at NTS Silicon Valley

EN 300 328 V2.1.1 was harmonized and listed in the Official Journal of the European Union under Directive 2014/53/EU for RED (Radio Equipment Directive) on January 13, 2017. This version of the standard covers the essential requirements of article 3.2 of RED for 2.4 GHz ISM band WiFi, Bluetooth and other Wideband transceivers.

Manufacturers of these type of equipment can still use R&TTE Directive 1999/5/EC (Radio and Telecommunication Directive) and it’s harmonized standard EN 300 238 V1.9.1 in their Declaration of Conformities (DoC) until June 13, 2017.

After this date, manufacturers of any radio device who enters any country which requires CE marking, have to use RED (Radio Equipment Directive 2014/53/EU) in their DoC.

This is applicable for all new products as well as for products that are currently being marketed and intended to be sold after this date. Products which DoCs are not updated by this date, should not be sold in the European Union.

Manufacturers should follow EN 300 328 V2.1.1 requirements and update their test reports for their current products as soon as possible since there is significant change in the essential requirements;

  • The Receiver Blocking Requirement is unconditionally applicable to all radio equipment regardless of receiver category or adaptivity capability. This is a major change from the previous version of the standard.

Since the Receiver Blocking was conditionally applicable to the adaptive equipment only and the test methods as well as the performance criteria were different, most products may have never been evaluated for this requirement before.

Note: After June 13, 2017, any radio device which the standards are not yet harmonized and listed in the Official Journal of the European Union, must have a Notified Body Opinion/Type Examination Certificate in order to presume compliance with the essential requirements in Article 3.2 of Directive 2014/53/EU – RED.

For more details and information on how to update test reports for the Radio Equipment Directive, other specification interoperability scenarios or test, design and engineering help is available by contacting NTS at 800-270-2516 or emailing sales@nts.com.

Radio Equipment Directive (RED) Transition Time Coming Soon

Is your organization ready for the transition to the Radio Equipment Directive (RED)? RED must be employed for all products included in its scope and not yet placed on the EU market after June 12, 2017. Even products that were already being sold as compliant with the R&TTE directive must comply with the RED to continue to be placed on the market after this date.

The EU Commission has continued to add standards to the harmonized standards list, visit the EU Commission website to review the latest updates, as of March 10, 2017.

To learn more, visit our RED page or contact us today!