General information

Anyone commercialising products in Europe, has to abide by a number of European guidelines in most cases. Firstly, legislation makes sure that only safe products are commercialised.

The FPS Economy monitors the compliance of numerous similar European guidelines in Belgium. They ensure, among other things, the safety of electrical appliances (Low Voltage Directive, the Electromagnetic Compatibility Directive, the Explosive Atmospheres Directive (ATEX), the Toys Directive, directives regarding medical devices, personal protective equipment, elevators, machines, ...)

BIPT is competent for the monitoring of the radio equipment and telecommunications terminal equipment. This equipment is subject to the 1999/5/EC Directive, usually called the R&TTE Directive.

Radio equipment makes use of radio frequencies (spectrum). Examples are: mobile phones (GSM, smartphones, tablets…), GPS, satellite terminals, PMR equipment, CB equipment, marine telephones, broadcast transmitters, cordless telephones, radio-relay links, short range devices (bluetooth applications, remote control, garage door openers, crane operation, wireless alarm), microphones, wireless LANs or wireless data transmission (cameras), remote controlled toys (small cars, helicopters), ….; in short any kind of equipment containing a transmitter and/or a receiver.

Telecommunications terminal equipment is equipment intended to be connected to an interface of a public telecommunications network. Public telecommunications networks are both the public GSM networks and the regular public analogue or digital telephone and data networks. Examples are: normal telephones, answering machines, modems, private telephone exchanges, GSM equipment (at the same time radio equipment), ...

Radio equipment and telecommunications terminal equipment may only be placed (= imported and sold) on the Belgian (and European) market if it complies with all legal requirements.

Most products that are commercialised have to bear a CE marking comprising at least the image below:

Logo CE 

By applying this marking the manufacturer declares that the product complies with all European directives requiring a CE marking and applying to that specific product. Here you will find general information regarding the CE marking drafted by the European Commission.

If the use of radio equipment is subject to restrictions (need for a licence or if the use is not allowed in certain European countries or regions) the CE marking should also include the following alert sign.

Logo ! 

The user shall observe these restrictions. Information about those restrictions should be available on the packaging and in the manual. It is obvious that appliances also have to comply with all legal (administrative and technical) requirements.

The European Commission created a website containing information and explications on the R&TTE Directive. It is available in German, English and French.

Special attention is paid to the "Class 1 equipment" list in the section "Equipment Classes". For the equipment listed complying with the corresponding technical characteristics, there are no restrictions as to the use in the entire EU (use allowed in the whole of the EU without a licence). Consequently this equipment does not have to bear the alert sign in the CE marking.

This list is regularly updated along with the increasing spectrum harmonisation.