RE Equipment Classes

Equipment classes are defined by Article 2.6 of the Radio Equipment Directive. The European Commission has adopted a Decision laying down an initial classification (Commission Decision 2000/299/EC of 6 April 2000).

The decision identifies two classes:

Class 1 equipment is equipment that can be placed on the market and be put into service without restrictions as indicated in Article 1(1) of the Decision. The Commission, in consultation with Member States, publishes an indicative and non exhaustive list of equipment falling within the scope of Class 1:

There are no subclasses of class 2 anymore under the RE Directive.

Class 1 equipment classes and Radio Interface Specification (RIS) Templates, where developed, can also be searched for in EFIS under documents by selecting frequency range and/or application term.

An earlier edition of the Class 1 equipment published in July 2012 is available here

The link to the webpage of the European Commission for the Radio Equipment (RE) Directive reference documents is here.

The Radio Equipment Directive (RED) 2014/53/EU: OJ L153 22 May 2014 replaced the Radio & Telecommunication Terminal Equipment Directive (R&TTE Directive) 1999/5/EC, repealed with effect from 13 June 2016. The link to the RE Directive Guide can be found under link. Additional information about the operation of the RE Directive has been provided in a report from the European Commission to the European Council and Parliament in November 2018, see here.

Class 2 equipment was equipment for which Member States applied restrictions, was indicated in Article 1(2) of the old R&TTE Decision.

The European Commission provide a Guide to the RED. National transpositions of the RE Directive can be found here

The following provisions are included in the Radio Equipment Directive:

Definition 6 in article 2(1): “radio equipment class’ means a class identifying particular categories of radio equipment which, under this Directive, are considered similar and those radio interfaces for which the radio equipment is designed;”

Article 8 RED - Notification of radio interface specifications and assignment of radio equipment classes 1

  1. Member States shall notify, in accordance with the procedure set out in Directive 98/34/EC, the radio interfaces which they intend to regulate except:

    1. the radio interfaces which fully and without any deviation comply with the Commission decisions on the harmonised use of radio spectrum adopted pursuant to Decision No 676/2002/EC; and

    2. the radio interfaces which, in accordance with implementing acts adopted pursuant to paragraph 2 of this Article, correspond to radio equipment which can be put into service and used without restrictions within the Union.

  2. The Commission shall adopt implementing acts establishing the equivalence between notified radio interfaces and assigning a radio equipment class, details of which shall be published in the Official Journal of the European Union. Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 45(3).

Article 10(10) RED

“In cases of restrictions on putting into service or of requirements for authorisation of use, information available on the packaging shall allow the identification of the Member States or the geographical area within a Member State where restrictions on putting into service or requirements for authorisation of use exist. Such information shall be completed in the instructions accompanying the radio equipment. The Commission may adopt implementing acts specifying how to present that information. Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the advisory procedure referred to in Article 45(2).”

From those articles, it appears that radio equipment classes are maintained. Note that subclasses of Class 2 developed under R&TTE that corresponded to radio equipment using harmonised frequency bands and for which, in consequence notification in accordance with Article 6(4) of the Directive was not necessary, no longer exist.

The link to the webpage of the European Commission for the Radio Equipment (RE) Directive reference documents is here.

On 20 July 2017, the Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/1354 was adopted. This specifies how to present the information provided for in Article 10(10) of Directive 2014/53/EU.

The list of Notified Bodies under the RE directive is here.