End Users

How can I tell if a product is compliant?

When shopping for radio or electrical/electronic products, here are some easy tips for identifying whether a product is compliant.

  1. Check the labelling

    All products should be labelled with the following information:

    1. Manufacturer information (name and postal address, make and model of product type).

    2. The CE marking (see below) should be affixed visibly, legibly, and indelibly to the radio equipment or to its data plate, unless that is not possible or not warranted on account of the nature of the radio equipment.

  2. Check for required documentation

    All products must be accompanied by instructions and safety information in English.

  3. Instructions shall include the information required to use the product in accordance with its intended use.

    Each product must be accompanied by a copy of the EU declaration of conformity or by a simplified declaration of conformity.

    a stylized C and E that represents EU ceclaration of conformity

    Where a simplified EU declaration of conformity is provided, it must contain the exact internet address where the full text of the EU declaration of conformity can be obtained.

    The following information shall also be included on the declaration of conformity in the case of products intentionally emitting radio waves:

    1. Frequency band(s) in which the radio equipment operates;

    2. Maximum radio-frequency power transmitted in the frequency band(s) in which the radio equipment operates.

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What products are covered?

Radio Products: are electrical or electronic equipment which intentionally emit or receive radio waves for the purpose of radio communication. The Radio Equipment Regulations (RE Regulations) apply to all electrical or electronic equipment containing a radio interface once it is not readily removable (for example Bluetooth functionality in a wireless speaker).

Electrical/Electronic Products: electrical or electronic equipment can generate electromagnetic emissions which may also interfere with other equipment. Such equipment should also have an appropriate level of immunity (for example cable insulation) to electromagnetic disturbances in compliance with thee Electromagnetic Compatibility Regulations (EMC Regulations).

Combined Equipment: where radio equipment is incorporated in a fixed and permanent way in the non-radio product, then the entire product as a whole must comply with the RE Regulations (because the entire product will be considered “radio equipment”).

An example of such a combined radio equipment is a washing machine with a WiFi interface. Such a washing machine must not only comply with the safety requirements of the LV Regulations, but it must also, in addition, comply with the other essential requirements of the RE Regulations.

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What is a declaration of conformity?

Manufacturers should draw up an EU declaration of conformity to provide the required information under the RED on the conformity of radio equipment with the requirements of the Directive and of the other relevant Union harmonisation legislation. It is important that Manufacturers ensure that each item of radio equipment is accompanied by a copy of the EU declaration of conformity, or by a simplified EU declaration of conformity. The EU declaration of conformity shall be provided as follows:

  1. Radio equipment (product, type, batch or serial number):
  2. Name and address of the manufacturer or his authorised representative:
  3. This declaration of conformity is issued under the sole responsibility of the manufacturer.
  4. Object of the declaration (identification of the radio equipment allowing traceability; it may include a colour image of sufficient clarity where necessary for the identification of the radio equipment):
  5. The object of the declaration described above is in conformity with the relevant Union harmonisation legislation: Directive 2014/53/EU Other Union harmonisation legislation where applicable
  6. References to the relevant harmonised standards used or references to the other technical specifications in relation to which conformity is declared. References must be listed with their identification number and version and, where applicable, date of issue:
  7. Where applicable, the notified body … (name, number) … performed … (description of intervention) … and issued the EU-type examination certificate:…
  8. Where applicable, description of accessories and components, including software, which allow the radio equipment to operate as intended and covered by the EU declaration of conformity:
  9. Additional information: Signed for and on behalf of: … (place and date of issue): (name, function) (signature).

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What is ComReg’s role?

ComReg is the designated Market Surveillance Authority in Ireland responsible for ensuring radio equipment sold in Ireland meets specific regulations and harmonised standards. ComReg’s objective is to ensure that certain products on the Irish Market are manufactured to a minimum standard and do not endanger End-Users and workers.

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Contact ComReg about Product Safety

You can contact us on any product safety queries you have or about our market surveillance activities at productsafety@comreg.ie.

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Simplified EU Declaration of Conformity (RED Annex VII)

A “SIMPLIFIED EU DECLARATION OF CONFORMITY” may also accompany the product. The simplified EU declaration of conformity, referred to in Article 10(9) of the RED, shall be provided as follows:

Hereby, [Name of manufacturer] declares that the radio equipment type [designation of type of radio equipment] is in compliance with Directive 2014/53/EU.

The full text of the EU declaration of conformity is available at the following internet address: xxxxx

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