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Parliamentary questions
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15 March 2018
E-000081/2018(ASW)
Answer given by Ms Bieńkowska on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-000081/2018

The Directive 2014/53/EU(1) lays down essential requirements for radio equipment to be placed on the market. Harmonised standards are developed by the European Standardisation Organisations to facilitate compliance with the essential requirements.

In July 2014 France lodged a formal objection against the harmonised standard EN 50566:2013(2), notably with regard to requirements to demonstrate compliance of radio frequency fields for Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) emissions. The Commission concluded that the standard fails to meet the essential requirements referred to in Article 3(1)(a) and adopted Implementing Decision 2016/537(3). This implementing Decision inserted an appropriate warning under the related standard, requiring no separation distance for limb SAR measurements and for trunk SAR measurements, a separation distance of not more than a few millimetres.

In October 2017, the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardisation (CENELEC) issued 4 new harmonised standards(4) which are in line with Commission Decision 2016/537.

Manufacturers are also under the obligation to ensure that the radio equipment is accompanied by instructions and safety information in a language which can be easily understood by consumers and other end-users. Such instructions and safety information shall be clear, understandable and intelligible by law.

The Commission is also in a continuous dialogue with the national market surveillance authorities whose role is to enforce the legislation. Regular campaigns are carried out for ensuring the safety of products placed on the market and all parties are fully aware of the importance of the SAR limits for the health of users.

(1)OJ L 153, 22.5.2014, p. 62‐106.
(2)Product standard to demonstrate compliance of radio frequency fields from handheld and body-mounted wireless communication devices used by the general public (30 MHz — 6 GHz).
(3)OJ L 89, 6.4.2016, p. 17‐19.
(4)EN 50360:2017 — Product standard to demonstrate the compliance of wireless communication devices, with the basic restrictions and exposure limit values related to human exposure to electromagnetic fields in the frequency range from 300 MHz to 6 GHz: devices used next to the ear. EN 50385:2017 — Product standard to demonstrate the compliance of base station equipment with radiofrequency electromagnetic field exposure limits (110 MHz — 100 GHz), when placed on the market. EN 50401:2017 — Product standard to demonstrate the compliance of base station equipment with radiofrequency electromagnetic field exposure limits (110 MHz — 100 GHz), when put into service. EN 50566:2017 — Product standard to demonstrate the compliance of wireless communication devices with the basic restrictions and exposure limit values related to human exposure to electromagnetic fields in the frequency range from 30 MHz to 6 GHz: hand-held and body mounted devices in close proximity to the human body.

Last updated: 15 March 2018Legal notice