EMC Directive

2014/30/EU - Electromagnetic Compatibility Directive

EMC Directive Basics: The Electromagnetic Compatibility Directive, or EMC Directive 2014/30/EU for short, targets equipment that can generate or be affected by electromagnetic interference signals. Essentially, this covers all electrical equipment with the exception of purely resistive electrical loads. The EMC Machinery Directive is a CE directive. This means that it requires an EU Declaration of Conformity and CE marking for the product is mandatory.

Important information about this directive / EMC directive compact:

  • Electromagnetic Compatibility Definition: Basically, electromagnetic compatibility means the effects that a product with electromagnetic effects has on the products in its environment. For example, people who wear a pacemaker must be explicitly informed that certain risks exist in certain environments. For example, people with pacemakers should not receive MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) examinations because of the electromagnetic compatibility of both devices. For this purpose, among others, the Electromagnetic Compatibility Directive, which we cover in this article, was created.
  • EMC Directive German: In English, the EMC Directive is referred to as the EMV Directive or EMV-Richtlinie
  • The latest update included the 2019 EMC Directive (as of January 2021).

These devices are affected by the EMC Directive / EMC Guide.

Almost all products that are electrically operated are affected. However, exceptions are e.g. devices like:

  • Radio equipment according to 2014/53/EU
  • Medical devices according to 93/42/EEC

Legally compliant implementation of the EMC Directive

For implementation, the EMC Directive requires, for example, the preparation of a risk assessment of the product. The result of this assessment produces a list of tests that must be performed on the product. The findings from the test reports are part of the product's technical documentation and form the basis of the EU declaration of conformity to be drawn up.

We help you with our customer-oriented services to implement the respective product requirements. We are also happy to help you with the EMC Directive Switzerland and the topic of EMC Directive harmonized standards.

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