New EMC Regulations come into force
The revised EU Directive on Electromagnetic Compatibility (2014/30/EU), which came into force on 20th April 2016 and requires all electronic products to have a successful conformity assessment before being placed on the European market, has been brought into UK law, effective 8th December 2016.
RN Electronics has sought support from the EMC Test Labs Association and our local MP in seeing this Directive being brought into UK law. It has now been confirmed that this will be the case from 8th December 2016.
When our local Member of Parliament took up our offer to visit our EMC test laboratory to discuss the implications of Brexit on the UK electronics industry back in July, we were unsure just how Sir Eric Pickles MP (above, centre) would be able to help.
Sue Ray retiring Managing Director of RN Electronics, said: “I took the opportunity to ask for his support in finding out the impact of Brexit, and for his help in getting the Government to speed up the introduction of the EMC Directive and Radio Equipment Directive (RED) in to UK law.”
We were delighted to receive a response from the Minister for Exiting the European Union, David Jones MP, who wrote to us stating: “The Government has been considering the most effective and proportionate way to transpose the EMC and RED Directives. This work, led by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), is now expecting to transpose the Directives before the end of the year.”
Immediately following his letter, Statutory Instrument number 1091 for Electromagnetic Compatibility was laid before Parliament and only three weeks later, on 8th December 2016, becomes UK law as the Electromagnetic Compatibility Regulations 2016. These regulations transpose Directive 2014/30/EU of the European Parliament and repeals and replaces Directive 2004/108/EC relating to Electromagnetic Compatibility. RN Electronics can offer EMC testing in accordance with the new Regulations to support CE Marking of customer products.