Welcome to the 2016 EMC Europe Guide. We welcome you to a new year in EMC and continue, as always, to provide you with the most current EMC information in our eighth annual guide dedicated to Europe.
This upcoming year presents quite a few new standards and directives that are important for electronics engineers to be aware of. Below are a few, with additional information and resources.
In February 2014, the European Parliament and Council issued a number of remodelled Directives aligned to the New Legislative Framework (“NLF”, Decision 768/2008/EC, see http://ec.europa.eu/growth/single-market/goods/new-legislative-framework/index_en.htm).
All of these new Directives will apply from 20 April 2016 (or soon afterwards) – even for products that have already been sold in Europe under the existing versions of those Directives and have not changed –and some manufacturers or their supply chains may have some work to do to comply.
The EMC Directive 2004/108/EC will be replaced by 2014/30/EU.
The Radio and Telecommunication Terminal Equipment (1999/5/EC) will become the Radio Equipment Directive 2014/53/EU, and Interference Technology previously ran an article on this. The article looks briefly at the history of the requirements, the changes in the product and regulatory landscape and what it means to equipment manufacturers. Visit www.interferencetechnology.com/radio-equipment-directive to learn more.
Directive 2006/95/EC will become the new LVD Directive 2014/35/EU, aligned to the NLF. Although it keeps much the same scope and safety objectives, it will require documented Risk Analyses and Assessments – which could mean that some manufacturers have quite a lot to do in the next 6 months!
More information can also be found at http://ec.europa.eu/growth/sectors/electrical-engineering/directives/index_en.htm.
On the standards front, CISPR 32:2015, “Electromagnetic compatibility of multimedia equipment – Emission requirements” is expected to be released in summer 2016, replacing both CISPR 13 and 22. This standard came about due to a major development in consumer electronics, the digital television receiver, according to a recent article in Interference Technology. To learn more, visit https://interferencetechnology.com/cispr-32-what-is-it-why-was-it-written-and-where-is-it-going, or read the article in French on page XX.
In this issue, we list some of the important standards, as well as events and articles, in each country’s specific language. To read all of these articles in English, visit www.interferencetechnology.com/articles.
We hope that you have had the opportunity to attend EMC Live this past year. If not, all webinars from this online event have been recorded and are archived for viewing at your convince at www.emclive2014.com and www.emclive2015.com. Quite a few of these webinars are related to standards in Europe, and provide important information that you may need to know. One webinar from our 2014 event discusses European wireless devices: “2.4 GHz Wireless Devices to Europe – Big Changes to EN 300 328 Next Year (2015)” can be viewed at http://emclive2014.com/selling-wireless-devices-europe-need-know-changing-requirements. At our 2015 event, one presentation covered many different standard areas: “Resolving Uncertainty in CISPR, MIL-STD and Emissions Testing by Reducing Limitations of Active Rod Antennas.” Watch this webinar here: http://3d.emclive2015.com/narda-presents-limitations-of-active-rod-antennas-in-emission-testing. And, of course, watch our other free webinars while you’re on the website and stay tuned for next year’s event; you can learn more about our third annual program at www.emclive2016.com.
Interference Technology is committed to providing the most accurate, up-to-date articles and information in the industry. If you have any questions, suggestions or ideas please email me at [email protected] Thanks for reading!
Belinda Stasiukiewicz Sharr
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