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RED Testing becomes mandatory from June 2017

19 January 2017, London -- The Radio Equipment Directive, known as RED will become mandatory from 13 June 2017 when it brings in new requirements for manufacturers, retailers and distributors of TV and radio equipment, as well as related products, such as active antennas and amplifiers. Products that do not demonstrate compliance to RED cannot be sold in the EU after this date.

DTG Testing is offering compliance testing for the following products and specifications:

• Broadcast radio receivers – DAB/DAB+, AM and FM – as per the requirements in ETSI EN 303 345

• Broadcast DTT receivers as per the requirements in ETSI EN 303 340

• Active antennas and amplifiers as per the requirements in ETSI EN 303 354

• Satellite receivers as per the requirement in ETSI EN 303 372 – part 2 (indoor receivers)

RED will replace the Radio & Telecommunications Terminal Equipment Directive (R&TTE-D). RED compliance is necessary for products to bear CE marking, which is required to allow them to be sold in the markets of EU member states. RED brings in some new requirements and applies to new categories of products which were not previously covered by R&TTE-D.

The main difference between RED and R&TTE-D is that under the Directive all products which receive and emit radio waves must now demonstrate compliance to the RED from 13 June 2017:

• Broadcast receivers e.g. TV receivers, DAB/DAB+/DRM/FM/AM radios

Amplifiers such as loft and masthead amplifier for distribution of TV signals

Active antennas such as indoor antenna for TV reception that contain amplifiers

• Satellite reception equipment e.g. set top boxes

DTG Testing is offering, comprehensive testing of products against the above standard to demonstrate full compliance with RED. A UKAS ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accredited digital TV and radio test facility based in Central London, DTG Testing has over 16 years’ experience in test and conformance services, DTG Testing has been a significant contributor to the development of the above standards and many of the test procedures and targets specified have been because of work carried out at THE DTG’s facilities. Our teams, unrivalled expertise in this area will ensure you can rely on the testing to be both accurate and prompt.

Under R&TTE-D only manufacturers had the responsibility of ensuring that products met CE marking requirements. From 13 June 2017, it will be a legal requirement for distributors, including retailers, to ensure that the products they sell are compliant with RED and that there will be strengthened market monitoring through traceability of the conformance documentation.

For receiver products to demonstrate compliance with Article 3.2 of the RED (i.e that they effectively use and support efficient use of radio spectrum) several new standards have been developed in ETSU working groups.

The following list details the ETSI specifications which apply to different products:

- EN 303 340 – Digital Terrestrial TV Broadcast Receivers

- EN 303 345 – Broadcast sound receivers e.g. DAB/DAB+/DRM/AM/FM radios

- EN 303 354 – Amplifiers and active antennas for TV broadcast reception in domestic premises.

- EN 303 372 (part 2) satellite broadcast reception equipment – indoor units.

Products placed on the market after the 13 June 2017 must comply with these standards. Equipment which is produced by these standards must declare conformity before being placed on the market.

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Lindsay Spencer/James Adams E: pr@dtg.org.uk T: +44 207 840 6500

About the DTG

The DTG is the non-profit UK collaboration centre for innovation in digital media technology, reaching industry, government, academia and international partners, set up with the purpose of looking after the digital TV marketplace. It underpins the free-to-air platforms Freeview, Freesat and YouView, and supporting the development of Sky, Virgin Media, BT and TalkTalk.

It has been central to the distribution of TV in the UK for nearly two decades through the collaborative development of industry standards and best practice, and is currently embracing the convergence of content and networks across industries to focus on the efficient delivery of video to all screens - mobile, tablet and TV - in all formats: standard, high and ultra high definitions.

The DTG supports the next generation of digital TV and related technologies through its work in the delivery of video to mobile devices, television on tablets, spectrum coexistence management, TV white space, home networking, connected TV, accessibility, and the UK UHD Forum.

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