Political Relations Committee

Publication of the new RADIO EQUIPMENT DIRECTIVE

Yesterday the new Radio Equipment Directive (RED) has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union. The RED is the successor of the former R&TTE-Directive, which was in force since 1999.

During the development the Political Relations Committee/EUROCOM had the chance to comment on the law a couple of times and in some points with success. We believe that the new formulation of the law will improve the power of the members states to actually trace and track down equipment put on the European Market, which do not fulfil the essential requirements of the directive. Furthermore the exceptions for amateur radio equipment were clarified as can be reviewed in appendix I of the law. Two major changes, which do not directly affect amateur radio is the fact, that terminal equipment is no longer in the scope and falls under the EMC directive now. Furthermore pure receivers are now in the scope, which may lead higher provisions in electromagnetic immunity.
The RED needs to be transcribed into national law within the next 2 years. We advice member societies to observe this process closely.

The Text of the RED can be downloaded here.

PRC Meeting in Friedrichshafen

The Political Relations Committee of IARU Region 1 will meet in Friedrichshafen during the HAM RADIO. Guest from members societies, who would like to contribute to the political work, are invited to join. Our meeting will be held on Friday, 28.06.2013, from 13:30 to max. 15:00 in Verwaltungsgebäude 5th floor.

Details of how to find the meeting room can be obtained from the DARC or IARU stands in the main hall or from the fairs personnel.

Discussion

1. Opening and welcome

2. Status of EMC Directive

3. Status of RED Directive (former R&TTE-D)

4. Report on Smart Grid/Smart Metering

5. Report on European Spectrum Policy

6. About the committee

7. Any other business

Thilo Kootz, DL9KCE
PRC Chairman

Draft of R&TTE directive published

Yesterday the European Commission published the new draft for an R&TTE-Directive. You can download it here. An accompanying press release is available here.

If you would like to forward any comments to the Political Relations Committee (PRC) please write to prc_at_iaru-r1.org. We will collect and study all comments and finally draft a comment to forward to the commission.

Amendment to the EMC directive now in writing

As reported before (see article) the draft EMC Directive contained a new dangerous definition of electromagnetic disturbance in its first draft. IARU R1 PRC group had inserted a proposal for an amendment 31 to change the proposed definition of electromagnetic disturbance back to the current definition. The amendment was carried by a large majority.

Now we have written confirmation, because the Minutes of the IMCO committee have been published. Under Agenda Item 39 you can see that amendment No. 31 was accepted. In the list of Amendments you find our proposal text.

The first reading of the EMC Directive in the European Parliament is scheduled for Nov. 2012.

Amendment to the EMC directive in favor of Amateur Radio Service

The Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) of the European Parliament has voted on an amendment to the new version of the EMC Directive of the European Commission. IARU R1 PRC group had inserted a proposal for an amendment 31 to change the proposed definition of electromagnetic disturbance back to the current definition.

The amendment was carried by a large majority.

At the end of last year, after the draft EMC Directive has been published, IARU R1 PRC had intervened at the highest political levels to prevent the new definition. In the worst case, the adoption of the draft with this new definition could have defined a wanted signal to suddenly become a disturbance.

The full discussion of the internal market committee is available as a WMV file (1.8 GB) at http://www.europarl.europa.eu/vod/vodservice/getVODForDownload?vodid=16075&format=wmv&type=2&lang=DE