Now that the European Union EMC Directive 2004/108/EC has been reformed, it is time for manufacturers, importers, and distributors to adapt their CE Marking conformity assessments processes to the new EMC Directive 2014/30/EU. As from April 2016, when the new Directive will be in effect, all EMC compliance files and declarations referring the old Directive (2004/108/EC) will no longer be valid.
Major Changes in the new EMC 2014/30/EU
For the most part, complying with the new Directive 2014/30/EC does not significantly affect the currently used conformity assessment processes. The essential requirements listed in Annex I of the Directive remain intact and continue to be stated in very general terms. The requirements limit electromagnetic emissions to a level that will not affect telecommunications or other equipment and require products to have immunity to electromagnetic disturbances. For permanently fixed installations, Annex I still specifies applying good engineering practices to assess compliance.
Some of the most significant changes in the recast 2014/30/EU, relate to the operations of Notified Bodies and other practices that may not directly have an impact to manufacturers. However, it is strongly recommended to carefully read through the new Directive in order to understand how the changes may impact individual operators and particular cases. Annex VII in the new Directive provides a helpful correlation table that relates the requirements between 2004/108/EC and 2014/30/EC. At a minimum, Cert.Pros recommends the following steps to ensure continuing compliance with the European EMC requirements:
- Check revision dates of the harmonized standards listed on technical reports.
- Review Annex IV and update the Declaration of Conformity (DoC) accordingly
- Update the EMC Directive reference to 2014/30/EC
- List all current revisions of the harmonized standards applied.
- Clearly identify the apparatus in the DoC to allow traceability.
For self-declared products, technical documentation shall be updated as specified in Annex II (3).
- Review the CE label and confirm that it is correctly applied
- Confirm that the operator’s information and technical instructions comply with Article 18.
New EMC and Harmonised Standards
The EN harmonized standards in the Official Journal do not change as a result of the recast Directive, so the technical requirements currently used will remain the same. However, all harmonized standards are updated on a regular basis as they evolve to adapt to emerging technologies. It is the manufacturer’s obligation to review the Official Journal on a regular basis and ensure their products remain compliant with the most current revision of the applicable harmonized standards.
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