New Rules Governing the Telecom Space of Serbia

The Regulatory Authority for Electronic Communications and Postal Services (RATEL) in Serbia has published a new Rulebook on Radio Equipment. Officially published in the gazette RS 24/2024 on March 22, 2024, the new rules introduced by the Ministry of Information and Telecommunications (MIT) mark a pivotal shift in the regulatory landscape for electronic communications services within the country.

Here is a quick overview of the new regulations. The updated regulations will encompass all radio equipment but specifically exclude several categories such as equipment used by radio amateurs, marine and aviation sectors, and devices designed for state activities in public safety and national security. These exclusions ensure that specialized equipment continues to operate under tailored frameworks that better suit their specific operation contexts.

Key changes and their implications on certification that you will need to anticipate. The out notable changes in the regulation are the phasing out of Serbian Certificates of Conformity (CoCs) and the transition to the CE Marking recognition across the EU. Stating from June 1, 2024, when the new Rulebook takes effect, the validity period for new CoCs will be set at 5 years. However, the significant turning pint will occur after December 31,2026, when Serbian CoCs will no longer be mandatory. From January 1, 2027, the CE Mark alone will suffice for radio products in Serbia, aligning the country with the EU’s Radio Equipment Directive (RED).

A quick look at the timeline for implementation for you to keep in mind. The transition timeline is clearly defined to provide a smooth adjustment period for manufacturers and supplies. On June 1, 2024 the new regulations come into effect until December 31, 2026. This transition period allows existing CoCs to still be used. From January 1, 2027 and onward, the CE Mark becomes the sole certification mark required for the Serbian market. This phased approach is to help stakeholders adapt tot he new requirements with minimal disruption to their operational process.

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