SRD Regulations and indicative list of equipment sub-classes

This page provides information on Short Range Devices (SRD), such as the applicable regulations in Europe and the relevant activities within the ECC. It also contains the indicative list of equipment sub-classes in accordance with the R&TTE/RE Directives.


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 the Decision 2017/1483/EC on 8 August 2017 amending the EC Decision for SRD.

In addition, Decision 2018/1538/EU has been published on 11 October 2018 on the harmonisation of radio spectrum for use by short-range devices within the 874-876 and 915-921 MHz frequency bands. CEPT administrations should refrain from introducing new SRD uses in 874.4-876/919.4-921 MHz. It is recognised that existing implementations in these frequency ranges in some CEPT countries will continue to exist in these frequency ranges. These existing implementations are not impacted by Article 3(4) of the new EC Decision EC Decision 2018/1538/EU and that it is expected that these implementations will likely remain in force for a considerable time in several countries.

CEPT Administrations that have not yet implemented the provisions aligned with EC Decision 2018/1538/EU are encouraged to consider national alignments. The set of technical requirements for the protection of radio services as in the new EC Decision 2018/1538/EU is recommended for new National implementations. This set of usage conditions is only available for SRD in data networks. All devices within the data network shall be under the control of network access points. A network access point in a data network is a fixed terrestrial short-range device that acts as a connection point for the other short-range devices in the data network to service platforms located outside of that data network. The term data network refers to several SRD, including the network access point, as network components and to the wireless connections between them. National implementations may limit usage of these entries such that installation and operation are performed only by professional users and may consider individual authorisation, e.g. to administer geographical sharing and/or the application of mitigation techniques to ensure protection of radio services.

National rules, such as local coordination, may also be needed in order to avoid interference to radio services operating in the adjacent bands, for example due to intermodulation or blocking.

CEPT administrations can implement frequencies down to the lower band edges at 870 MHz and 915 MHz, if they have an opportunity to do (e.g. spectrum not used by radio services needing protection such as defense use or governmental use) within all or parts of 870-874.4 MHz and 915-919.4 MHz. The frequency range 917.4-919.4 MHz is the harmonised minimum core band according to EC Decision 2018/1538/EU. 


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.

The regulatory provisions for ultra-wideband applications are also included in ERC Recommendation 70-03 and they are also covered in the applicable Commission Decision 2007/131/EC of 21 February 2007 on allowing the use of the radio spectrum for equipment using ultra-wideband technology in a harmonised manner in the Community (amended by the Decisions 2009/343/EC2014/702/EU and 2017/1438/EU).

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. An Addendum to CEPT Report 59 was delivered in March 2017 to the European Commission. Draft CEPT Report 70 has been approved by the ECC in October 2018 for the consultation/approval process (Seventh Update process of the EC Decision for SRD).

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)

See EFIS database: Class 1 and 2 equipment subclasses

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

RE Directive

R&TTE Guide

R&TTE Compliance Association

EFIS and National Frequency Tables


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 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: 02 November 2018, 12:30