44th meeting of TCAM and 10th meeting of TCAM Experts Group - Brussels

Brussels hosted last 3-4 November the 44th meeting of TCAM and the 10th meeting of the TCAM Experts Group.

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

The following focus topics stand out:

  • The EC reported that nearly 40 percent of the countries had not yet transposed the Radio Equipment Directive (RED), 2014/53/EU;
  • Work on drawing up the RED Guide is in progress. All questions that are transversal should remain in the Blue Guide and not in the RED Guide. The EC will send the draft document of the RED Guide to the participants and expects feedback by 5 January 2017;
  • Conclusions regarding the eighth European control campaign for remote control toys were presented. Notably, 81 percent of such equipment had at least one instance of non-conformity, for a total of 111 devices; 70 percent manifested administrative non-conformities and 41 percent technical non-conformities. Standing out among the technical non-conformities were those involving spurious emissions – 98 percent. The results of this campaign highlight the importance of conducting lab tests and continuing supervisory actions for remote control toys;
  • Remotely piloted aircraft systems weighing less than 150 kg are currently covered by Directive RED 2014/53/EU. A proposed regulation is under discussion in the European Parliament and in the Council, whereby all such drones would be excluded from the RED Directive and shifted to regulation by the European Aviation Safety Agency and under the control of national aviation authorities;
  • Only 12 notified bodies have been notified to date to the EC in the scope of the RED Directive.

The next meetings will be held on 31 May and 1 June 2017.