Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and the Council on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to electromagnetic compatibility – EMC

Published: 2 July 2003

Policies & Issues: Internal Market - Product Safety Legislation

The Commission recently proposed to revise Council Directive 89/336/EEC on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to electromagnetic compatibility (EMC Directive). It is also our industry, as manufacturer of equipment, which is primarily affected by the draft Directive.

In this position, Orgalime, whose experts have been closely involved along with other stakeholders in the preparatory work of the Commission, believes that the Commission proposal for revising the existing EMC Directive will bring more legal certainty to the engineering industry in Europe, since its provisions will be transposed into national legislation. Moreover, this new draft is a well-balanced document, which reflects the experience gained by all parties on the ground and therefore removes unnecessary requirements in the existing Directive. It is broadly supported by the European engineering industry.

Nevertheless, Orgalime is of the opinion that the formulation of some issues could be improved on conformity assessment, CE-marking, fixed installations, and the essential requirements.

References: COM(2002)759 Final of 24/12/2002

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