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About the Electromagnetic Compatibility Directive (201430EU) for CE Marking Certification

About the Electromagnetic Compatibility Directive (2014/30/EU) for CE Marking Certification

Accomplish EMC Directive for your products by gaining CE Marking Certification in Sri Lanka.

What's going on with the Electromagnetic Compatibility Directive?

The target of the Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Directive applied to any Product- Electrical / Electronic products is to make sure that it complies with the requirements of the EMC directive. The EMC Directive first cut-off points electromagnetic emissions of the equipment to guarantee that, when utilized as planned, such electrical and electronic equipment doesn’t upset radio and telecom just as other non-complying equipment. The Directive additionally oversees the invulnerability of such equipment to ensure that this equipment isn’t upset by radio when used as intended and utilized as expected.

Consistent with this Directive is the need for European market access and items falling inside the context of this Directive should bear the CE Marking.

What does the EMC Directive stand for and what does it cover?

The Directive is for products that might be responsible to cause electromagnetic interference/aggravation or the presence of which is obligated to be influenced by such unsettling (EMC) influence which is needed to be sold in Europe.

The new EMCD (Directive 2014/30/EU) has been updated and replaces the old EMCD (Directive 2004/108/EC)- though this maintains the same objectives – to guarantee the free movement of equipment within the EU an acceptable electromagnetic environment in the EU and/or other countries/nations, where this is acceptable.

The primary objective of this EMCD is thus to regulate (legally or otherwise) the electromagnetic compatibility of the item/equipment. In order to achieve this, various provisions have been put in place in the EMCD so that:

  • The equipment/item/product should comply with the requirements of the EMCD (Directive 2014/30/EU) when it is placed in the market and/or put into use/service- used, installed, maintained for its intended application;
  • Good engineering practice for fixed uses and/or installations, including evidence of compliance of the use/installation, and, as appropriate, initiate an evaluation if non-compliances/complaints/appeals are identified from any quarter.

The main objective of the EMCD (Directive 2014/30/EU) is to guarantee the acceptance of the EMC Directive equipment and create an acceptable (from the EMC Equipment)- electromagnetic environment ensuring that such equipment shall function as per the specific requirements of the EMCD and as intended within that environment. For this, a regular harmonised and/or other acceptable levels of protection is required by the Directive.

The objective of such essential (technical and/or general) requirements is not to guarantee absolute protection from the equipment (e.g. zero EMC emission or complete immunity). The requirements from the EMCD (Directive 2014/30/EU) accommodate both physical and practical facts. Ensuring technical developments, the EMCD (Directive 2014/30/EU) only describes the essential (technical and general) requirements based on general requirements.

Essential requirements include both general and technical requirements for the EMC Directive item/product/equipment as well as any specific requirements for fixed installations or otherwise.

When complying with the requirements as has been laid down within the EMCD (Directive 2014/30/EU), the item/product/equipment may be placed on the market and/or put into service in the EU and operated as designed/developed and intended for the application in the allocated electromagnetic environment.

The EMCD is not based on regulating the safety of items/equipment wrt people, domestic animals, or assets within the application.

The EMCD is not a safety-related EU Directive, though the compliance with this Directive can initiate CE Marking certification and logo affixation.

Functional safety requirements which might be based on electromagnetic disturbances are directed/regulated by the following as well- Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC, the Low Voltage Directive 2014/35/EU, General Product Safety Directive 2001/95/EC, etc.

Are you also prepared for UKCA Marking?

UKCA Marking is required in Great Britain (England, Scotland, and Wales) from 1 January 2021, so on the requirement that you place your item available in Great Britain, you should append the UKCA marking (though CE Marking will likewise be perceived for most items until the finish of 2021). The Electromagnetic Compatibility Directive (EMC) will stay self-revelled under UKCA. 

In this new administrative scene, we Ascent ASSOCIATES can convey administrations, for example, giving reports to customers which may give proof of consistence UK law. 

Why pick us to meet to the requirements of the EMC Directive? 

We’ve been specialists in EMCD for more than 10 years, and with us, you can be certain about the honesty/genuinity of the certificate and administrative guidance we offer. Furthermore, we give creative and effective testing and an extraordinary mix of certificate answers for market access, setting aside your time and cash. 

We have a worldwide presence with the best competence and skills – Ascent ASSOCIATES is a world-forerunner in testing and confirmation. Within excess specialized specialists situated in more than 100 nations, we give the broadest and effective testing administrations, speeding up an ideal opportunity to market and giving you an early advantage over the opposition. 

Following stages to CE Marking

The directive utilizes an alternate way to deal with these two types of equipment and different regimes to apply to each:

Device – a completed machine or mix thereof, made economically accessible as a single useful unit, which is planned for the end client, and which is responsible to produce, or be influenced by, electromagnetic disturbance.

Fixed Installations a specific mix of a few kinds of devices and, where appropriate, different gadgets, which are collected, introduced and proposed to be utilized forever at a predefined area. Routes to compliance consistency have been rearranged especially for fixed establishments that should be introduced applying acceptable good engineering practices, which must be archived, and the documentation considered by the individual liable for the establishment as long as it is in operation. Fixed establishments are not exposed to conformity assessment with the fundamental necessities of the Directive, and in this manner don’t need to convey the CE Marking.

Generally, any equipment which does not contain electrical and/or electronic parts will not generate electromagnetic disturbances and its normal operation is not affected by such disturbances. Hence, equipment without electrical and/or electronic parts (either incomplete or in parts) is not in the scope of the EMCD.

Equipments & Products

Any Equipment is considered inherently to be within the context of electromagnetic compatibility EMCD (Directive 2014/30/EU)  if its inherent characteristics, though it is generating EMC Directive emissions, provide for the following:

a) it is incapable of generating electromagnetic emissions which is exceeding levels allowing radio and telecommunications equipment and other items/products/equipments to operate as intended; and/or

b) it will operate without any unacceptable ruin whilst in the presence of the electromagnetic disturbance (through emissions or otherwise) normally/inherently which might have been present in its intended environment.

Both the above mentioned conditions might be needed to be met to classify the equipment within the EMCD (Directive 2014/30/EU) as inherently benign.

The following products(not exclusive) have been excluded from the application of the EMCD, if they don’t include any active electronic part(s):

  • Cables and cabling24, cables accessories, considered separately;
  • Equipment containing only resistive loads without any automatic switching device; e.g. simple domestic heaters with no controls, thermostat, or fan;
  • Batteries and accumulators (without active electronic circuits);
  • Corded headphones, loudspeakers without amplification, guitar inductive sensors without active electronic parts;
  • Pocket lamps (including those containing LEDs) without active electronic circuits;
  • Induction motors without electronic circuits;
  • Quartz watches (without additional functions, e.g. radio receivers);
  • Home and building switches which do not contain any active electronic components;
  • Passive antennas;
  • Electromagnetic relays without active electronic parts;
  • Electromagnetic locks without active electronic parts;
  • Cathode ray tubes;
  • Protection equipment which produces transitory disturbances of short durations during the clearing of a short-circuit fault or an abnormal situation in a circuit and/or which don’t include active electronic components, eg. fuses and circuit breakers without any active electronic parts or active components;
  • High voltage equipments in which possible sources of disturbances may be because of localised insulation stresses which may be the result of equipment ageing and which might be under the control of other technical control measures which are included in non-EMC product standards, and which do not include active electronic components.

Illustrative examples:

  • High voltage inductors;
  • High voltage transformers.

Essential Requirements

The EMCD (Directive 2014/30/EU) pre-dominantly sets out regulatory and mandatory “essential requirements” developed in a generic manner for all kinds of equipment- fixed or otherwise (e.g. apparatus and fixed installations) within its context. These so called essential requirements define the results which should be expected, but might not specify the detailed technical requirements. It allows adapting the item/product/equipment its design as a result of technological or otherwise progress. The technical solutions to meet to the requirements have not been imposed if the equipment complies with the essential requirements.

The essential requirements cite the necessary and specific elements for protecting the public and general interest, as a whole.

It is mandatory to get compliance with the essential requirements laid down within the EMCD (Directive 2014/30/EU). These are regulated/legally-binding for all EMC equipments as in the scope of the EMCD. Only complying equipment can be placed on the market and/ or put in service in the EU, for the designated intent for use/application.

The essential requirements however have been split into 2 major requirements/parts:

“General requirements” for all equipment- fixed or otherwise (e.g. apparatus and fixed installations). These include all relevant EMC Directive phenomena for emission and immunity.

“Specific requirements only for fixed installations”.

Risk analyses and risk assessment

The conformity assessment requirements for the equipment against EMCD (Directive 2014/30/EU) require the manufacturer to establish a detailed technical documentation, also called TCF. This TC Fincludes an assessment of the conformity of the EMC Equipment to the relevant EMCD (Directive 2014/30/EU) requirements, and shall invariably encompass to include an adequate analysis and assessment of the product risk(s). In EMCD(Directive 2014/30/EU), the risks relate to in relation to the electromagnetic compatibility protection aims as has been specified within the EMCD specified in Annex I “Essential Requirements” and may include safety, though not mandatory to include safety as a parameter. The EMC phenomena of the equipment and its intended application and operating environments, the EMC risk assessment according to chapter 4.3 of the EMCD (Directive 2014/30/EU) can be performed. This EMC assessment done and records maintained- is considered to be an analysis and assessment of the various risk(s). See also Blue Guide section 4.1.1 “Definition of essential requirements”.

Stages for Complying with the EMC Directive

  • Identify the specific and essential requirements of the EMC Directive- (Directive 2014/30/EU)
  • Identify if there are any Harmonised Standards or any other EN/EC/EU standards- provide a recognised methodology to demonstrate compliance with the essential requirements and are usually the preferred way to demonstrate compliance. The manufacturer may ask a third party to perform the EMC assessment for him or help him with part of it, but the manufacturer is and remains fully responsible for the compliance of his apparatus with the provisions of the Directive
  • Identify the test requirements as per the standard
  • Construction a Technical Documentation file / Technical File
  • Conduct a Product Risk Assessment
  • Conduct EMC Assessment
  • Compliance with Production Control requirements
  • Compliance with other/additional safety requirements
  • Compliance with other regulatory requirements
  • Compliance with other/additional EU Directives, based on the intent/application of the equipment/item/product.
  • Auditing for Production Control against EMCD (Directive 2014/30/EU).
  • Logo affixation, and placing in the market.

Bottom Line

The EMC assessment is the sole responsibility of the manufacturer; it is never the responsibility of a third party such as a Notified Body or an EMC test laboratory

The Electromagnetic Compatibility Directive is one of the widest in its application to all electrical products. Products covered by a more specific directive from the scope of 2014/30/EU contain EMC performance requirements. For example, medical devices, radio equipment, road-going vehicles, and certain agricultural equipment do not follow under EMC Directives. Thus, the manufacturer would be required to recall or replace any non-compliant apparatus to avoid penalties and imprisonment.

EMCD (Directive 2014/30/EU) covers equipments over the whole frequency range from 0 Hz to 400 GHz and also might relate to other additional phenomena. Generally, the 3 main aspects to be covered include:

(a) Low-frequency emission on the mains supply (harmonics, voltage fluctuations) for items/equipments/products which are intended to be connected directly to any low-voltage public electrical distribution systems.

(b) High-frequency emission systems.

(c) Immunity systems.


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