Radio Measurement

If a radio interface is integrated in your product, this product falls under the European Radio Equipment Directive 2014/53/EU (RED). For radio equipment, the effective and efficient use of the radio spectrum must be ensured. Our experts are active in many committees and will be happy to support you in qualifying your product, also during development. 

Stephanie Werner

EU-Type Examination Certificate

We, the VDE Testing and Certification Institute, perform EU-type examinations as a notified body according to the Radio Equipment Directive 2014/53/EU (RED). If no harmonized standards are applicable or not all variants have been fully tested according to harmonized standards, the evaluation via a type examination is mandatory. Especially for the integration of radio modules, you will find additional information on EU type examination under the download section on the right.

New: Delegated Regulation (EU) 2022/30 makes an assessment of information security (Engl.: Cybersecurity) mandatory from 01.08.2024 according to Article 3, 3. (d), (e) and (f) of Directive 2014/53/EU.

Since there are no harmonized standards listed in the Official Journal of the EU yet, the use of a notified body RED is mandatory here. We can already offer you this service today. Please feel free to contact us for a first orientation meeting.

Cyber security for devices with radio interfaces

According to Delegated Regulation (EU) 2022/30, the range of radio equipment covered by the cyber security requirements of the Radio Equipment Directive 2014/53/EU (RED) will expand from mid-2024. Prepare your products now - the VDE Institute will support you.
The Delegated Regulation, which was published by the European Commission on January 12, 2022, supplements the Radio Equipment Directive. It specifies which radio equipment (equipment with radio interface) must meet the essential requirements of Article 3, 3, (d), (e) and (f) of the Radio Equipment Directive. 

The essential requirement of Article 3, 3. (d) of the RED "Radio equipment shall not have any harmful effects on the network or its functioning, nor cause any misuse of network resources which would result in unacceptable degradation of service." applies, according to the Delegated Regulation, to all equipment "capable of communicating itself over the Internet, whether communicating directly or through other equipment ('Internet-connected radio equipment')" (Article 1.1, DR (EU) 2022/30). 

The basic requirement under Article 3, 3. (e) of the RED, "Radio communication devices shall have security devices to ensure that personal data and the privacy of the user and the subscriber are protected." applies to all equipment that can process personal data, traffic data and location data (Article 1.2, DR (EU) 2022/30), but only if the radio equipment is radio equipment connected to the Internet, equipment used for childcare (e.g., baby monitors), a toy under Directive 2009/48/EU (Toys Directive), or radio equipment worn on the body or clothing ("wearables"). 

The basic requirement under Article 3, 3. (f) of the RED "Radio equipment supports certain functions to protect against fraud." apply to any device that is an Internet-connected radio device and that "enables the owner to or user to transfer money, monetary value or virtual currencies [...]" (Article 1.3, DR (EU) 2022/30). 
There is no detailed catalog with all affected devices. However, the experts of the VDE Institute will be happy to support you in analyzing whether your product falls under the requirements of the Radio Equipment Directive according to the new Delegated Regulation.
The essential requirements of Article 3.3 (d), (e) and (f) of the Radio Equipment Directive are made mandatory by the Delegated Regulation as understood by the New Legislative Framework. Corresponding harmonized standards have not yet been published for the extended product catalog. However, a mandate to the standardization organizations is to be issued shortly. The experts at the VDE Institute are prepared. In coordination with the RED notified body in the VDE, test requirements have been drawn up that already cover the requirements from the Delegated Regulation. An important basis is the standard ETSI EN 303 645 with the corresponding test requirement ETSI TS 103 701, which is already successfully applied in the VDE for many devices. 

If you as a manufacturer want to declare conformity with Articles 3, 3. (d), (e) and (f) for your radio equipment, you must involve a Notified Body in a binding manner until the publication of references of suitable harmonized standards in the Official Journal of the EU (2014/53/EU Article 17, (4)). The VDE Institute is at your disposal with the possibility to obtain an EU-Type Examination Certificate. 

The new regulation has been in force since February 1, 2022 and is binding from August 1, 2024. For affected manufacturers, the right time to deal with the new requirements is now. Because from August 1, 2024, only products that meet the essential requirements according to Article 3, 3. (d), (e) and (f) may be placed on the European market. The VDE Institute will be happy to support you in achieving conformity with the new requirements for your radio equipment.

Test equipment for radio measurements

Our testing laboratories are equipped with the latest equipment and have the following capacities:

  • Radio measurement system Rohde & Schwarz TS8997
  • Switching unit with filters for the common radio systems (2,4 GHz, 868 MHz, 5 GHz, LTE-Bands for Europe)
  • Measuring station for robotic lawnmowers and other radio equipment under 150 kHz according to EN 303 447
  • Spectrum analyzer FSW up to 67 GHz
  • Suitable antennas for the above mentioned frequency ranges
  • Fully Anechoic Chamber with 3m measurement distance
  • Efficient fast realtime measurement with TDEMI Ultra 18 FFT receiver from Gauss Instruments
  • Partial absorber measuring hall ("Semi-Anechoic") with 10m measuring distance
  • Communication tester / base stations (WiFi, Bluetooth, LTE) from Rohde & Schwarz (CMW 270, CMW 500)

We offer testing for the following radio technologies:

  • WIFI (802.11 b, g, n & ac) 2,4 GHz und 5 GHz-Band
  • Bluetooth (Bluetooth LE, enhanced)
  • Mobil  Communications (Module Integration Exams), GSM, LTE
  • Zigbee
  • LoRaWAN®
  • NFC
  • RFID
  • Further technologies in ISM (868 MHz, 433 MHz)
  • Radar < 20 GHz

Testing standards offered by the VDE Testing and Certification Institute

Important standards for the aforementioned radio technologies include: 

  • EN 300 328
  • EN 300 220
  • EN 300 330
  • EN 300 440
  • EN 301 893
  • EN 301 489-X