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New Radio Equipment Directive could have far reaching implications for the pump industry

Steve Schofield, BPMA
Steve Schofield, BPMA
Steve Schofield, director and CEO of the British Pump Manufacturers Association (BPMA), provides an overview of the ‘contentious’ Radio Equipment Directive.

The Radio Equipment Directive supersedes the former R&TTE (Radio & Telecommunications Terminal Equipment) directive and determines that all and any products that are equipped or combined with a device for transmitting or receiving signals via ‘radio waves’ are within the scope of the Directive and so can, and will, be regarded as a RED product.

Some would argue that this is an unsatisfactory situation, with most companies taking a pragmatic view and continuing to follow the well-known and fully established procedure in accordance with the R&TTE directive.  In this historical approach, all the equipment that combines to make the machine (and which is now subject to the Radio Equipment Directive) is shipped as one unit under a single document of conformity, and is declared in accordance with the Machinery Directive.

Clearly, the introduction of RED will create another layer of documentation and conformity...

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Steve Schofield, BPMA