43rd TCAM meeting and 9th TCAM Expert Group meeting - Brussels

The 43rd meeting of the Telecommunications Conformity Assessment and Market Surveillance Committee (TCAM) and the 9th meeting of the TCAM Expert Group were held on 22 and 23 June in Brussels.

Those meetings chaired by the European Commission (EC) were attended by representatives of the member states, the Association of Notified Bodies, standardisation bodies and relevant organisations such as the Manufacturers Association and consumer representatives.

The following topics considered stand out:

  • Radio Equipment Directive (RED) – 2014/53/EU – the EC reported that more than 50 percent of the countries have still not transposed the directive. In those cases, no member state can apply any sanction to a given economic operator under that legislation;
  • The RED’s transition period lasts until 13 June 2017. It is not possible to extend that deadline requested by a certain member state, in the absence of harmonised standards. It is expected that the missing standards will be published by the transition period’s end date. If there are no harmonised standards then the RED’s module B is applied (manufacturer directed to a notified body (NB));
  • There will be two NB lists in the NANDO database until the end of the transition period (13 June 2017). One with NBs in the RTTED scope and the other with NBs in the RED scope;
  • The possibility is under discussion of using pictograms or detailed descriptions that should be placed on the package when certain equipment is subject to licence or prohibited in a given member state;
  • The eighth European market control campaign is under way, focusing on remote-control toys. Plans call for the campaign’s results to be presented in October/November 2016;
  • Work on drawing up the RED Guide is progressing. The completed document is expected to be ready in September 2016.

The next meetings will be held on 3 and 4 November 2016.