CE Mark


CE certification means that a product meets the requirements defined in applicable EC directives. A radio product must fulfill Radio Equipment Directive (RED) 2014/53/EU, RoHS 2011/65/EU and the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE Directive) 2012/19/EU.

RED covers electromagnetic compatibility, efficient use of radio spectrum, safety and health aspects. If radio is a part of e.g. an industrial, medical or automotive product other directives are also be applicable.

testing for CE marking

The simplest and easiest way to show your product compliance with RED is through testing. Testing covers three areas:

  • EMC & RF Testing
  • Safety
  • RF Exposure Evaluation (SAR)


EMC and RF tests are used to show that a product complies with electromagnetic compatibility and efficient use of radio spectrum requirements.

Needed EMC and RF tests depend very much on the product configuration (radios and their frequency bands, power supply, connectors etc.) Using pre-certified radio modules can reduce needed RF tests.

Regarding safety RED points to the LVD Directive 2014/35/EU. However, the supply voltage limits in LVD have been removed from RED. Thus, all products, even e.g. AAA battery operated products are subject to safety inspection.

A radio product must also undergo Radio Exposure Evaluation. Evaluation can be done by calculations if total transmitting power is less than 20mW (all simultaneously transmitting radios) or device is used >20cm from human or animal tissue.

In other case SAR must be tested.

TESTiLABS provides EMC, RF, SAR and Safety test services for GSM/WCDMA/LTE/LTE-IoT, WLAN, Bluetooth, GNSS, NFC and RFID radio product CE certification.


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