About this initiative


The Radio Equipment Directive establishes a regulatory framework for placing radio equipment on the market. It ensures a single market for radio equipment by setting essential requirements for:

  • health and safety
  • electromagnetic compatibility
  • efficient use of the radio spectrum.

This initiative specifies the categories of radio equipment covered by additional essential requirements relating to reconfigurable radio systems.




Single market
Type of act
Delegated regulation
Expert group


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Inception impact assessment
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Feedback period
28 January 2019 - 04 March 2019 (midnight Brussels time)
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Feedback (276)

  • Goran Jelic-Cizmek (Croatia)
    4 March 2019 EU citizen
    Goran Jelic-Cizmek (Croatia)

    As a researcher at a university and a free software advocate and developer, I am strongly against Article 3, provision 3(i). This provision would force radio equipment manufacturers, which encompasses mobile as well as personal computers, which nowadays are becoming increasingly versatile, to make it impossible to run any kind of code on them other than the one provided by the manufacturer themselves. This would severely damage the future...

  • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany)
    4 March 2019 Academic/research institution
    Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany)

    As researchers in the field of ubiquitous computing and IoT we have been relying on the ability to change the fireware of off the shelf radio devices. Eg. the FP7 research project COBIS, which pioneered the IoT aproach, we were already using wifi routers which were extended with custom radios. This was only possible by using extensible after market firmware. In other projects e.g. on device free activity recognition we are relying on fireware...

  • Keith Murray (United States)
    4 March 2019 Non-EU citizen
    Keith Murray (United States)

    In the same way that a consumer is exercising their right to take their car into a repair shop that is not owned by the manufacturer, a consumer should be able to develop, and implement a new operating system on their router or other devices. Given the history of open source software, and the percentage of the world that is run by linux and open source software, open source has proven themselves to be reliable and secure. Specifically...

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Fourth quarter 2019

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First quarter 2020

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