Short Range Device Regulations

Implementation of Short Range Devices spectrum regulations. Show recommendation

The up-to-date ERC Recommendation 70-03 can be downloaded here.

The CEPT Recommendation ERC/REC 70-03 provides valuable information concerning:

  1. Implementation status within the EU/EEA-EFTA countries (Appendix 1);

  2. Implementation status within the CEPT countries not being EU/EEA-EFTA (Appendix 1);

  3. National restrictions within the CEPT countries (Appendix 3).

The SRD categories in use in Europe are:

ANNEX 1

Non-specific Short Range Devices

ANNEX 2

Tracking, Tracing and Data Acquisition

ANNEX 3

Wideband Data Transmission systems

ANNEX 4

Railway applications

ANNEX 5

Transport and Traffic Telematics (TTT)

ANNEX 6

Radiodetermination applications

ANNEX 7

Alarms

ANNEX 8

Model control

ANNEX 9

Inductive applications

ANNEX 10

Radio microphone applications including assistive listening, device (ALD), wireless audio and multimedia streaming systems

ANNEX 11

Radio frequency identification applications

ANNEX 12

Active Medical Implants and their associated peripherals

ANNEX 13

Informative Annex covering the applications operating under general authorisation regime which are not covered by the annexes 1 to 12 of this Recommendation

Implementation status as per Appendix 1, will mean the application of "Class 1" equipment provision according to the EU R&TTE and RE Directives for placing onto the market, or equivalent effect through the relevant European Commission Decisions i.e. 2006/771/EC and 2017/1483/EU for SRDs to which the EU/EEA-EFTA Member States are obliged to implement (EEA-EFTA refers to those Member States of EFTA who participate in the EEA Agreement). Note that the Radio Equipment Directive (RED) 2014/53/EU: OJ L153 22 May 2014 replaces the Radio & Telecommunication Terminal Equipment Directive (R&TTE Directive) 1999/5/EC, repealed with effect from 13 June 2016.

It should be noted that Appendixes 1 and 3 are representing the most recent available information which ECO regularly updates.

Appendix 2 includes the relevant ECC/ERC Decisions, ECC Recommendations, lECC/ERC Reports, EC Decisions and ETSI generic and specific harmonised European standards.

Appendix 3 lists all (information shown in the respective Annex information below the implementation matrix).

Additional explanations are here about the used abbreviations and duty cycle categories.

Nearly harmonised frequency bands for Short Range Devices

Appendix 1 of ERC/REC 70-03 mentioned above offers a rapid overview of the progress of the European harmonisation. It also gives implicit information on the frequency bands used by Short Range Devices, which are nearly harmonised.

Nearly harmonised means that, only a limited number of countries have not been able to implement a particular band or have introduced limited implementation.

These frequency bands are therefore ideal candidates for updating the European Commission Decisions 2017/1483/EU and 2006/771/EC for SRDs, as new entries within the annual review process.

European Commission regulation on SRDs

European Commission has adopted a Decision on 9 November 2006 on "harmonisation of the radio spectrum for use by Short Range Devices (Decision 2006/771/EC)". The Decision has an annex which is updated annually in order to respond to the technological and market developments in the area of Short Range Devices."

Last update: The European Commission has adopted a Decision on 8 August 2017 amending Decision 2006/771/EC on SRD i.e. 2017/1483/EU.

In addition, an explanatory document on the regulatory framework for short-range devices in the internal market as defined by the Commission Decision 2013/752/EU amending Commission Decision 2006/771/EC on harmonisation of the radio spectrum for use by short-range devices is available Explanatory Note Please note that you can search in EFIS for the applicable harmonised European standards under 'documents', also by selecting application term and/or frequency range.

The regulatory provisions for ultra-wideband applications are also included in ERC Recommendation 70-03 and they are also covered in the applicable Commission Decision 2007/131/EC of 21 February 2007 on allowing the use of the radio spectrum for equipment using ultra-wideband technology in a harmonised manner in the Community (amended by the Decisions 2009/343/EC, 2014/702/EU and 2017/1438/EU).

European SRD information in EFIS

The ERC Recommendation 70-03 (including the national implementation information) is available in data format. This means the information can be exported in csv (excel) format.

Users are able to select, search and compare SRD related implementation information in Europe amongst countries (according to application term and/or frequency range) for all SRD applications. All other related information within the same frequency range for all or the specific application (e.g. ETSI System Reference Documents explaining the technical characteristics of SRD applications, ECC Recommendations and Reports, EC or ECC Decisions, class 1 equipment classes, third party documentation, other studies, CEPT questionnaires, national information etc.) can be easily shown on request (i.e. selectable by the user) in EFIS. If needed, users can also use the EFIS online translator to show the information in other languages than English (already implemented) for the allocations and applications in the respective frequency ranges. Detailed information is also available under Applications and Radio Interfaces on national implementation. Users should select an application term and/or frequency range as well as the country and search for national radio interface information.

The European Common Allocations table is also integrated in EFIS and can be downloaded (just select ECA). It contains all the SRD related ECC harmonisation measures and applicable ETSI Harmonised European Standards.

ECO contact: Thomas Weber, thomas.weber@eco.cept.org, tel. +45 33 89 63 12