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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, thomas.weber@eco.cept.org, 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 latest CEPT Report under the permanent mandate for the update of the EC regulation on SRDs is CEPT Report 59, June 2016.

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/ RE Directives (1999/5/EC and 2014/53/EU)

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
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R&TTE Directive

RE Directive

R&TTE Guide

R&TTE Compliance Association

EFIS and National Frequency Tables

R&TTE 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 Radio Equipment Directive (RED) 2014/53/EU: OJ L153 22 May 2014 replaces the Radio & Telecommunication Terminal Equipment Directive (R&TTE Directive) 1999/5/EC, repealed with effect from 13 June 2016. The RE Directive can be applied from 13 June 2016 and within a transition period of one year, the R&TTE Directive can still be applied until June 2017.

The following provisions are included in the Radio Equipment Directive:

Definition 6 in article 2(1): “radio equipment class’ means a class identifying particular categories of radio equipment which, under this Directive, are considered similar and those radio interfaces for which the radio equipment is designed;”

Article 8 RED - Notification of radio interface specifications and assignment of radio equipment classes 1

1. Member States shall notify, in accordance with the procedure set out in Directive 98/34/EC, the radio interfaces which they intend to regulate except:

a. the radio interfaces which fully and without any deviation comply with the Commission decisions on the harmonised use of radio spectrum adopted pursuant to Decision No 676/2002/EC; and

b. the radio interfaces which, in accordance with implementing acts adopted pursuant to paragraph 2 of this Article, correspond to radio equipment which can be put into service and used without restrictions within the Union.

2. The Commission shall adopt implementing acts establishing the equivalence between notified radio interfaces and assigning a radio equipment class, details of which shall be published in the Official Journal of the European Union. Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 45(3).

Article 10(10) RED

“In cases of restrictions on putting into service or of requirements for authorisation of use, information available on the packaging shall allow the identification of the Member States or the geographical area within a Member State where restrictions on putting into service or requirements for authorisation of use exist. Such information shall be completed in the instructions accompanying the radio equipment. The Commission may adopt implementing acts specifying how to present that information. Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the advisory procedure referred to in Article 45(2).”

From those articles, it appears that radio equipment classes are maintained.

 - Class 1 : radio equipment that can be operated without any restriction in EU, EEA and EFTA

- Class 2 : radio equipment subject to restrictions in one or more EU, EEA and EFTA countries where the technical   parameters are harmonised through EU, EEA and EFTA and where 6.4 notification is not necessary

- Radio equipment not falling in the above two definitions

Furthermore, the implementing act establishing the equivalence between notified radio interfaces and assigning a radio equipment class (art. 8.2 RED) is going to be prepared on the base of these sub-classes.

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

The link to the webpage of the European Commission for the Radio Equipment (RE) 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: An update of the regulatory approach is on its way , July 2016;

- Spectrum requirements and needs for M2M/IoT applications , April 2016;

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

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


Updated: 18 August 2016, 10:37