Brussels, 6 January 2005
Cutting red tape for industry: New directive makes life of manufacturers of electronic devices easier
A revised directive on electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) has been published in the Official Journal. It will greatly simplify regulatory procedures and reduce costs for manufacturers, while increasing information and documentation on products for inspection authorities. The revised directive abolishes two cumbersome conformity assessment procedures for producers which required the mandatory involvement of an independent inspection and verification body, thus reducing costs. Manufacturers will be solely responsible for establishing the conformity of their products and for the “CE” marking. The EMC directive governs the electromagnetic emissions of electrical and electronic equipment and their immunity to interference. It ensures for instance that a microwave oven does not interfere with radio reception, or that a radio alarm clock must not come on if a mobile phone is used nearby. The directive will come into force in the Member States within the next three years.
Mr Günter Verheugen, Commission Vice-President in charge of Enterprise and Industry, commented “The new directive underlines that reducing the administrative burden for industry is a top priority for the new Commission.”
Apart from the simplified conformity procedures, the main elements of the revised directive are:
For instance, this regime will provide a harmonised regulatory framework for large localised systems, like a power plant, but as well for distributed systems like telecommunications or power distribution networks, which are often trans-European.
More details can be found at the following website:
 Directive 2004/108/EC repealing Directive 89/336/EEC published in OJ L 390/2004 http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/site/en/oj/2004/l_390/l_39020041231en00240037.pdf