New Amendments in the RED

The Commission in accordance with Article 10(1) of Regulation (EU) No 1025/2012 request one or more European standardization organizations to draft harmonized standards that will lay down technical specifications for the charging interfaces and charting communication protocols for radio equipment capable of being recharged by means other than wired charging by December 28,2024. Following the procedure laid down in Article 10(2) of Regulation (EU) No 1025/2012, the Commission will consult the committee created under Article 45(1) of this directive. Required contents of the requested harmonized standards will be passed on an assessment carried out by the Commission of the ongoing state of wireless charging technologies for radio equipment, covering market developments, market penetration, market fragmentation, technology performance, interoperability, energy efficiency, and charging performance.

During preparations for the delegated acts in this Article in regard to radio equipment capable of being recharged by means of wired charging as well as all alternative means. The Commission will account for the degree of market acceptance of the technical specification under consideration, the resulting consumer convening, extent of the reduction of environmental waste, and market fragmentation expected from these technical specifications. Technical specifications will be based on all relevantly available European and international standards deemed to meet the objectives previously stated. If no relevant European or international standards meets the Commission’s technical assessment and objectives in an optimal manner, the Commission may set out new technical specifications that better match those objectives.

Economic operators will have to ensure that the information on whether or not a charging device is included with the radio equipment is displayed in a graphic form using a user-friendly and easily accessible pictogram set out in Part III of Annex Ia when such radio equipment is made available to consumers and other end-users. The pictogram can be printed on the packaging or affixed to the packaging as a sticker so long as it’s displayed in a visible and legible manner and, incase of distance selling, close to the price indication.

Manufacturers will be required to ensure that the radio equipment is accompanied by instructions and safety information. Instructions must include the information required to use the radio equipment in accordance with its intended use. The manufactures must include all pertinent information for the device. This would include a description of accessories, components, and software that allows the radio equipment to operate as intended. All instructions, safety information, and labelling must be made clear, understandable, and intelligible to the end user. For radio equipment intentionally emitting radio waves, the frequency bands and the maximum radio-frequency power transmitted in those frequency bands in which the radio equipment operates must also be included. Radio equipment as referred to in Article 3(4) must include information on the specifications relating to the radio equipment’s charging capabilities and the compatible charging devices, set out in Part II of Annex Ia, in the instructions. Additionally, this information will need to be displayed on the label. The label must be printed in the instructions and on the packaging or affixed to the packaging as a sticker. If the packaging is absent, then the label must be affixed to the radio equipment.

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