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The Department of Electronic Communications is the responsible authority for the implementation of the Article 3.2 of the Directive 2014/53/ΕE.
‘Radio equipment’ means an electrical or electronic product, which intentionally emits and/or receives radio waves for the purpose of radio communication and/or radiodetermination, or an electrical or electronic product which must be completed with an accessory, such as antenna, so as to intentionally emit and/or receive radio waves for the purpose of radio communication and/or radiodetermination.

The RED directive contains essential requirements which must be met before a product within the scope of the directive may be placed on the market and taken into service. It is intended to promote the free movement of goods throughout the European Union by the removal of technical barriers to trade. Compliance with the RED directive provides a presumption of conformity. This means that a Member State must presume that the product is compliant with the requirements (if the manufacturer has made a declaration to that effect) unless it has evidence to the contrary. It may not remove a product from the market unless non-conformity can be demonstrated. The RED directive applies in the European Economic Area (EEA) which consists of the Member States of the European Union, plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. In Cyprus the legislative framework addressing the RED directive is Part 4 of the Radiocommunications Law of 2002 until 2017, and the Radiocommunications (Radioequipment) Regulations of 2003 until 2016 as far as Article 3.2 of the Directive is concerned.

The essential requirements for all apparatus are as follows:

1. Radio equipment shall be constructed so as to ensure:
(a) the protection of health and safety of persons and of domestic animals and the protection of property, including the objectives with respect to safety requirements set out in Directive 2014/35/EU, but with no voltage limit applying;
(b) An adequate level of electromagnetic compatibility as set out in Directive 2014/30/EU.

2. Radio equipment shall be so constructed that it both effectively uses and supports the efficient use of radio spectrum in order to avoid harmful interference.

3. Radio equipment within certain categories or classes shall be so constructed that it complies with the following essential requirements:
(a) radio equipment interworks with accessories, in particular with common chargers;
(b) radio equipment interworks via networks with other radio equipment;
(c) radio equipment can be connected to interfaces of the appropriate type throughout the Union;
(d) radio equipment does not harm the network or its functioning nor misuse network resources, thereby causing an unacceptable degradation of service;
(e) radio equipment incorporates safeguards to ensure that the personal data and privacy of the user and of the subscriber are protected;
(f) radio equipment supports certain features ensuring protection from fraud;
(g) radio equipment supports certain features ensuring access to emergency services;
(h) radio equipment supports certain features in order to facilitate its use by users with a disability;
(i) radio equipment supports certain features in order to ensure that software can only be loaded into the radio equipment where the compliance of the combination of the radio equipment and software has been demonstrated.

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