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Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC)


The EMC Directive describes the requirements for electromagnetic compatibility of any device or fixed installation.


The exception to the directive has often been addressed by other directives, and therefore not applicable, such as radio equipment directive.



For the EMC directive, different procedures for compliance are possible, namely A, B and C. These are discussed in the annexes (II-IV).


Scope and exceptions of the directive

This directive regulates the electromagnetic compatibility of equipment. It aims at the proper functioning of the internal market by requiring that equipment meets an appropriate level of electromagnetic compatibility.


"Equipment" means any device or fixed installation;


Annex I: Essential requirements

General demands

Equipment must be designed and manufactured in accordance with the state of the art to ensure that:

The generated electromagnetic disturbances do not exceed the level at which radio and telecommunications equipment and other equipment can no longer function according to their destination;

It has such a level of insensitivity for the expected electromagnetic disturbances that it can function without unacceptable deterioration of the intended use.


Specific requirements for fixed installations

Installation and intended use of components:

A fixed installation must be installed in accordance with good technological practices and in accordance with the information on the intended use of the components in order to meet the essential requirements of item 1.

In the CE Tool you will be guided through the requirements of the EMC Directive.