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SRD Regulations and indicative list of equipment sub-classes

Short-range devices (SRD) have offered for many years a flourishing range of applications in frequency
bands which have been subject to ongoing harmonisation within CEPT.

Responding to the needs of short range devices including appropriate spectrum access for the
Internet of Things is one of the strategic topics for the period 2015-2020 identified by the ECC in its strategic plan.

This page contains information on:

1 Short Range Device Regulations

Implementation of Short Range Devices spectrum regulations
The CEPT Recommendation ERC/REC 70-03 provides valuable information concerning:
Implementation status within the EU/EEA-EFTA countries (Appendix 1).
Implementation status within the CEPT countries not being EU/EEA-EFTA (Appendix 1).
National restrictions within the CEPT countries (Appendix 3).
The full information about the Short Range Device Regulation in Europe (EC, CEPT, National implementations) is available in here in the EFIS database.

ECO contact: Thomas Weber,, tel. +45 33 89 63 12

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 11 December 2013 amending on SRD i.e.

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.

2 ECC activities on Short Range Devices

Within the ECC, two Project Teams are mainly devoted to activities related to SRDs.

The Frequency Management Short Range Devices Maintenance Group (SRD/MG) is responsible for the development and update of regulations applicable for SRDs (e.g. Recommendation ERC/REC 70-03). See here for further details.

The Spectrum Engineering Project Team SE 24 is responsible for compatibility studies related to Short Range Devices (SRD). Additional information on SE 24 activities is available here.

3 SRD Regulations and indicative list of equipment sub-classes in accordance with the R&TTE Directive (1999/5/EC)

Disclaimer: ECO has no responsibility for the content of sub-classes published in this page. The list has been developed by the TCAM Committee of the European Commission. All queries on the list and its content should be made to the European Commission.

Related links

R&TTE Directive

R&TTE Guide

R&TTE Compliance Association

EFIS and National Frequency Tables

RTTE Equipment Classes

Equipment classes are defined by Article 4.1 of the Directive. The European Commission has adopted a Decision laying down an initial classification (Commission Decision 2000/299/EC of 6 April 2000).

The decision identifies two classes:

  • Class 1 equipment is equipment that can be placed on the market and be put into service without restrictions as indicated in Article 1(1) of the Decision. The Commission, in consultation with Member States, publishes an indicative and non exhaustive list of equipment falling within the scope of Class 1:

    Subclasses of Class 1 - December 2014

  • Class 2 equipment is equipment for which Member States apply restrictions as indicated in Article 1(2) of the Decision, which also assigns the Alert Sign as Equipment Class Identifier for this class.

    The following subclasses of Class 2 correspond to radio equipment using harmonised frequency bands for  which, in consequence, notification in accordance with Article 6(4) of the Directive is not necessary:

    Subclasses of Class 2 - December 2014

Historical publications of subclasses:

Subclasses of Class 1 - July 2014.pdf [520 KB

Subclasses of Class 1 - July 2012.pdf [446 KB

Subclasses of Class 2 - 1 July 2014.pdf [126 KB

Subclasses of Class 2 - December 2012.pdf [112 KB

Class 1 and 2 equipment classes can also be searched for in EFIS under documents by selecting frequency range and/or application term.

The link to the webpage of the European Commission for the Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (R&TTE) Directive reference documents is here.

4 Additional information on SRDs

During the last years, the ECC has published within its newsletters various articles related to SRDs:

- Short range devices with a long reach , October 2013;

- Short Range Devices - a shift in regulatory approach, June 2012

Updated: 17 May 2016, 15:01