The RED will come fully into force from 13/06/2017 and also involves many nautical instruments (marine VHF, AIS, GPS, radar, radio, PLB and all those equipped with Wifi or Bluetooth, but not those subject to Wheelmark).
It mainly involves producers and importers, but there are also obligations towards the entire distribution chain, up to the end users.
Assuming that manufacturers and importers are already well documented, this article aims to highlight the obligations for simple retailers and end users.
The aim of the Directive is to make the radio spectrum more efficient and to limit risks to humans, animals and the environment.
Human civilization, especially with the advent of mobile telephony, is having an increasing need to propagate radio waves. Today, a mobile phone receives and propagates radio waves to repeater cells via Bluetooth, WiFi and receives radio signals from the GPS system. This traffic, together with that caused by other types of radio equipment, could create various kinds of risks to health and the environment.
So let us go beyond the content of a cold directive and let us understand its purpose and interpret it in a common sense way. A diligent person will try to make appropriate and perhaps limited use of these devices, well aware of the respect that the environment deserves.