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Conformity of radio equipment and placing on the market

It is important for radio equipment to operate on the frequencies allocated to it. The number of radio equipment is constantly growing, but the number of frequencies available is limited. To ensure that items of radio equipment do not cause interference to each other, the equipment must meet the applicable requirements set in the EU. Only radio equipment that complies with these rules may be sold in the EU.

The Finnish Transport and Communications Agency Traficom supervises the conformity of radio equipment. The purpose of this surveillance is to prevent radio interference and ensure that only interference-free and appropriately functioning equipment are available to users.

Placing on the market means the first making available of radio equipment on the EU market. In practice, this means that a product has been imported from a third country and placed on the EU market or that a product has been dispatched from a manufacturing location in the EU to the distribution chain. Placing on the market is examined separately for each individual piece of equipment.

Manufacturers must ensure the conformity of radio equipment before placing the equipment on the market. All radio equipment sold in the EU is covered by the EU Radio Equipment Directive (RED) 2014/53/EU (External link). It contains requirements on the technical features and markings of equipment and the related documentation. Compliant radio equipment meets the requirements laid down in the  Radio Equipment Directive and can move freely throughout the EU.

Process of placing radio equipment on the market: