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EMC Testing

Our Electromagnetic Compatibility testing services offer you a fast and efficient way to CE mark with confidence. We are committed to providing exceptional testing and EMC advice. 

Radio Testing

All products containing radio devices sold in the EU from 13th June 2017 must comply with the RED

Electrical equipment marketed in the USA and Canada requires authorization by FCC / ISED 

Safety Testing

Safety testing for electrical products, helping you meet worldwide safety compliance requirements

Test Engineers Report Signatures

Customer's can download a test engineers public signature key used in the test report(s). So that when a test report is opened on their machine it will display the signatures correctly.

 
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Clint Dan Steve Roger
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Procedure

This PDF document explains the use of digital signatures and how to validate them. 

 

Latest Safety Testing Standards

The following lists are published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU).

Below is a list of the most popular standards, versions of which have expired, or are expiring in the current year.

2010
Standard Date it Expires Latest Version
EN 60950-1:2001 01/12/2010 EN 60950-1:2006



Latest Radio Testing Standards

The following lists are published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU). 

Below is a list of the most popular standards, versions of which have expired, or are expiring in the current year.

Find out here what to do if you've previously had a product tested to an expired version of the standard.

2012
Standard Date it Expires Latest Version
EN 300 086-2 V1.2.1 31/03/2012 EN 300 086-2 V1.3.1
EN 300 296-2 V1.2.1 31/03/2012 EN 300 296-2 V1.3.1
EN 300 440-2 V1.3.1 31/05/2012 EN 300 440-2 V1.4.1
EN 302 217-2-2 V1.3.1 30/09/2012 EN 302 217-2-2 V1.4.1

2011
Standard Date it Expires Latest Version
EN 300 330-2 V1.3.1 30/11/2011 EN 300 330-2 V1.5.1
EN 301 783-2 V1.1.1 30/09/2011 EN 301 783-2 V1.2.1

2010
Standard Date it Expires Latest Version
EN 300 086-2 V1.1.1 30/06/2010 EN 300 086-2 V1.2.1
EN 300 296-2 V1.1.1 30/11/2010 EN 300 296-2 V1.2.1
EN 300 440-2 V1.1.2 28/02/2010 EN 300 440-2 V1.2.1
EN 300 440-2 V1.2.1 31/12/2010 EN 300 440-2 V1.3.1
EN 301 357-2 V1.3.1 31/08/2010 EN 301 357-2 V1.4.1
EN 302 217-4-2 V1.3.1 31/12/2010 EN 302 217-4-2 V1.4.1
EN 302 208 V1.2.2 31/10/2010 EN 302 208-2 V1.3.2
EN 302 500-2 V1.1.1 31/03/2010 EN 302 500-2 V1.2.1

Directives and Test Standards

Directives

All the EU directives can be downloaded from the Europa Site, and can also be viewed in PDF format by clicking on the icons below:

EMC Directive 2004/108/EC

EMC Directive
2004/108/EC
EMF Directive 2004/40/EC

EMF Directive
2004/40/EC
R&TTE Directive 1995/5/EC

R&TTE Directive
1995/5/EC
Low Voltage Directive 2006/95/EC

Low Voltage Directive
2006/95/EC
Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC

Machinery Directive
2006/42/EC
31/12/2004 24/05/2004 09/03/1999 27/12/2006 17/05/2006

 

Harmonised Test Standards

Latest lists of European harmonised standards for the EMC, R&TTE, Low Voltage and Machinery directives, as published in the Official Journal can be viewed in PDF format or on Europa's website by clicking the icons below: 

 


Harmonised standards
under the EMC Directive 
 
Harmonised standards
under the R&TTE Directive 

Harmonised standards
under the LVD Directive 

Harmonised standards
under the Machinery Directive 
 11/11/2010    10/08/2010  19/03/2010  20/10/2010

 

What is ErP?

ErP is the new Energy-related Products directive 2009/125/EC, which replaces the EuP Energy using Products directive 2005/32/EC or sometimes called the Eco-Design directive.

Member States shall bring into force the laws, regulations and administrative provisions necessary to comply with Articles 1 to 9, 11, 14, 15 and 20 and Annexes I to V, VII and VIII by 20 November 2010.

Originally the Eco-Design directive for energy using products only covered boilers and heaters. The new ErP directive covers products under the old EuP directive and will expand into products that are energy-related and do not directly use energy such as double glazing windows.

ErP - Why is it necessary?

To reduce the environmental impact of products across the life cycle, with a particular focus on energy. Manufactures will be required to introduce design changes in order for this to happen.

Manufacturers should:

  • Assess the level of business dispruption and costs which may arise from the requirements and how this will affect the ability to gain/maintain CE marking for its products.
  • Minimise the costs and risk by taking action early to build the requirements into all new product designs and design reviews of existing products.

ErP - What are the legalities?

Stand by/off mode Implementing Measure (IM) was adopted in December 2008 by the European Commission and came into force in January 2009.

Under the ErP directive this is the first implementing measure to be enforced. The purpose of the Stand by/off mode regulation is to ensure the lowest possible energy use of all household and office products in passive Stand by/off modes.

ERP - What are the Stand by/off mode limits?

Below are the power consumption limits that all household and office electrical and electronic equipment need to comply with:

  • Standby ButtonJanuary 7th 2010: Off mode not to exceed 1.00W power consumption.
                               Standby mode not to exceed 1.00W, or 2.00W
                               power consumption if providing information or status
                               display.
  • January 7th 2013: Off mode not to exceed 0.50W power consumption.
                               Standby mode not to exceed 0.50W, or 1.00W 
                               power consumption if providing information or status
                               display.

 

ErP - Which products are required to meet the ErP directive's Stand by/off mode implementing measures?

  • Household appliances e.g. washing machines, dishwashers, microwaves, toasters.
  • IT and consumer equipment e.g. radios, televisions, audio amplifiers, satellite recievers.

ErP - How can we help?

RN Electronics Ltd can help you meet the Stand by/off mode implementing measure limits currently in place.

What is Product Safety?

Product safety is the ability of a product to be safe for intended use, as determined when evaluated against a set of established rules.

Product Safety - Why is it necessary?

It is unlikely that anyone would deliberately place an unsafe product on the market, but what is meant by safe?

The legislation sets out clear test and documentary requirements that manufacturers and distributors placing equipment on the European market, must follow to demonstrate that their products meet defined safety criteria and are safe for intended use. Evidence that the prescribed legislation has been conformed with can be demanded by the enforcement authorities (Trading Standards, HSE etc.), within strict timeframes (normally 48 hours).

Product Safety - What are the legalities?

In Europe, the Low Voltage Directive (LVD) 2006/95/EC applies to the majority of electrical equipment in use at home, the office or industry. The Directive was re-codified 2 years ago, without major change, and the current directive is effectively an amalgamation of 73/23/EEC (the old LVD) and 97/68/EC (the CE Marking Directive). The LVD requires that electrical equipment can only be placed on the market if it does not endanger the safety of persons, property or domestic animals.  

The LVD is applicable, with a few exceptions, to any electrical equipment designed for use with a voltage rating of between 50 and 1000 V for alternating current (A.C.) and between 75 and 1500 V for direct current (D.C). In the UK, this European law is implemented by Statutory Instrument 3260 (SI 3260). 

The CE Mark is a mandatory symbol of compliance with all relevant directives (unless in transition) Therefore, if your product operates within the specified voltage range then conformance with the LVD is likely to be required.

Finally it must be understood that the LVD is a “test” directive and that it is a requirement that a safety test report is included in the Technical File (see How We Can Help section).

Product Safety - Reducing the risk?

The best way to minimise the risk of not meeting the LVD is to ensure that at the design stage the product development takes account of any relevant harmonised safety standards and the Principle Safety Objectives of the Directive. It is also prudent for it to have an independent Basic Safety Assessment (BSA) conducted at prototype stage to check the design is likely to meet the requirements before committing to volume manufacture. Importers can also find a BSA a very useful tool in helping to establish the accuracy or otherwise of test reports from outside of the EU.

Product Safety - How can we help?

RN Electronics Ltd can help you meet the requirements of the Low Voltage Directive (LVD - 2006/95/EC). There are four key mandatory aspects needed to demonstrate conformity to the LVD has been meet, these are:

• The Technical File containing:
• The Safety Test Report
• The manufacturers Declaration of Conformity (DOC)
• Continued Conformity process.

RN Electronics can support the entire process to ensure the equipment, documentation and processes comply. We can identify the correct safety standards to apply and provide the independent test and assessment documentation via reports and certificates to ensure that any review of your Technical File is satisfied. In particular, we can assist with Technical File compilation, LVD related advice for quality management systems, safety test and assessment (full or partial) and consultancy.

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