According to a recent posting on the website of LANCOM Systems, a German manufacturer of routers and wireless local area network devices, the RED requires that all devices with wireless interfaces fully comply with the essential requirements of the Directive by not later than June 13 of this year. However, the harmonized standards required to provide the technical specifications necessary to meet these essential requirements are still under development and are not expected to be available in advance of the transition cut-off date.
The company notes that the situation is further complicated by the fact that the provisions of the RED apply even to those Wi-Fi products that have already been tested and found compliant under the EU’s R&TTE Directive, which the RED replaces. If left unchanged, this could potentially result in the inability to legally sell any Wi-Fi products throughout the EU, according to the LANCOM Systems posting.
To address these concerns, the company is calling on the EU Commission to extend the final transition period of the RED until at least 2018.