Amending the EU Radio Equipment Directive

On Nov 23, 2022, the European Parliament published the directive 2022/2380, which will amend the Radio Equipment Directive (RED - 2014/53/EU) in two steps.

19 January 2023

The reason for these amendments is twofold, promoting a more circular economy and making the consumers’ lives easier by limiting the number of charging/communication interfaces between radio equipment and accessories.

The first step (in effect from 28 December, 2024) will make it mandatory for the products mentioned below to use a USB type C port for wired charging and data communication. The USB-C shall fulfill the CENELEC harmonized standard EN IEC 62680-1-3:2021. If the product can be recharged by means of wired charging at voltage higher than 5V, currents higher than 3A or power higher than 15W it shall use USB Power Delivery as per EN IEC 62680-1-2:2021.

The following products will be covered (this list will be added to the RED 2014/35/EU as a Part I of Annex Ia):

1.1 handheld mobile phones
1.2 tablets
1.3 digital cameras
1.4 headphones
1.5 headsets
1.6 handheld videogame consoles
1.7 portable speakers
1.8 e-readers
1.9 keyboards
1.10 mice
1.11 portable navigation systems
1.12 earbuds
1.13 laptops

In addition, these products will be subject to marking requirements, including the requirement for a pictogram showing consumers whether or not a charger is included (pictograms 1 and 2 below). Also required will be a label specifying the minimum power required to charge the equipment and the maximum power required to achieve maximum charging speed when using USB PD (pictogram 3).

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The next step (mandatory from April 28, 2026) in the RED 2014/53/EU update will be common requirements for charging by means other than wired charging. However, the amendment text defines no technical solution. Instead, this will be defined by future harmonized standards.

Reference document: Directive (EU) 2022/2380.

 

Fredrik Wennersten, 
Chief Certification Officer at Intertek’s NCB (National Certification Body) in Sweden

 

In this role, I am responsible for Intertek’s S-mark – a third party conformity assessment certification scheme founded back in 1926 – issued ENEC 14 licenses under the European Testing Inspection Certification System ETICS as ENEC Certification Body and issued IECEE CB Scheme certificates issued under the National Certification Body Intertek SEMKO AB. I am also responsible for Intertek’s European Notified Body 0143 for the EU Radio Directive (RED) and EMC Directive and for Intertek’s GSO (Gulf Standardization Body) G-mark Notified Body 0017.

I am a member of several working groups and boards in the global and regional conformity assessment arena, including the Conformity Assessment Board of the global standardization organization IEC, monitoring the IECs four different conformity assessment systems IECEE, IECEx, IECRE and ICEQ. 

For Europe, I am a member of the board of ETICS, the organization running the European certification schemes ENEC and HAR, and for the Gulf Region, I am a member of the GSO (the standardization body for the Gulf region) G-mark Notified Body forum.

For Sweden, I have a close working relationship with Svensk Elstandard, the organization responsible for the publication of all Swedish standards in the electrotechnical area. I am a member of their Electrotechnical Board as well as the Chairman of their Conformity Assessment Board.

This blog will feature my own personal reflections on different topics related to electrical products and their regulatory requirements, directives and standards, as well as on conformity assessment systems and their internal organizational structure and functions.

Fredrik Wennersten

 

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