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Parliamentary questions
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21 January 2020
 E-003163/2019
Answer given by Mr Breton
on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-003163/2019

Directive 2014/53/EU(1) (hereinafter ‘RED’) repealed and replaced Directive 1999/5/EC from 13 June 2016.(2)

In 2015, when Directive 1999/5/EC was still applicable, the French National Frequency Agency (ANFR) submitted to the Commission a formal objection against the harmonised standard EN 50566(3), which related to the methods for measuring the specific absorption rate (SAR) of mobile phones. Following that objection, Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2016/537(4) was adopted, restricting the applicability of certain clauses of that standard. Stricter measuring methods were then inserted in the latest version of EN 50566(5).

As every matter that concerns the implementation of the above Directives, the issue was also discussed in the relevant expert group, comprising representatives from Member States and stakeholders. The consumer associations took an active role in these discussions.

RED has reinforced the health and safety provisions and the safeguard procedures of Directive 1999/5/EC. The Commission has not received any notification on the matter pursuant to its Articles 40 and 42, since 13 June 2016.

National market surveillance authorities (MSA) have the primary responsibility of checking whether products meet the applicable requirements. If not, MSA take the necessary appropriate corrective measures. These MSA have a dedicated coordination group to address various problems in a coherent and harmonised manner and they organise regular coordinated campaigns on products, whose results are published on the Commission website(6).

Commission services organise and chair the expert group and participate in the MSA meetings.

(1)Directive 2014/53/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 April 2014 on the harmonisation of the laws of the Member States relating to the making available on the market of radio equipment and repealing Directive 1999/5/EC (OJ L 153, 22.5.2014, p. 62).
(2)It provided for a transitional period of one year (ended on 12 June 2017).
(3)Version: 2013.
(4)Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2016/537 of 5 April 2016 on the publication with a restriction in the Official Journal of the European Union of the reference of standard EN 50566:2013 on requirements to demonstrate compliance of radio frequency fields from handheld and body-mounted wireless communication devices used by the general public (30 MHz-6 GHz) under Directive 1999/5/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council, C/2016/1930, (OJ L 89, 6.4.2016, p. 17).
(5) Version: 2017.
(6) https://ec.europa.eu/growth/single-market/goods/building-blocks/market-surveillance/organisation/administrative-cooperation-groups_en
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