EU Commission Releases Draft Guidance on New EMC Directive

The Commission of the European Union (EU) has released a draft guidance document on the transition to the new EMC Directive (2014/30/EU), which came into force in April 2016.

The EMC Directive applies to “any apparatus or fixed installation,” and regulates the “ability of equipment to function satisfactorily…without introducing intolerable electromagnetic disturbances to other equipment.” The revised Directive replaces the former EMC Directive (2004/108/EC) and brings it into closer alignment with the EU’s New Legislative Framework. However, according to the Commission, the main changes are “quite limited” and do not affect the principle characteristics of the Directive’s essential requirements.

While the draft guidance does not have the effect of law within the EU, it does provide practical information that may be helpful to manufacturers and distributors of equipment subject to the requirements of the Directive.

The Commission is expected to publish a final version of its Guidelines for the new EMC Directive later this year. We will report on this publication as soon as it becomes available.

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