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Many communications providers supply their customers with product and services that they have developed themselves or obtained from other suppliers all around the world.  At a minimum, providers need to ensure the products they supply to their customers are compliant to the regulations.  Failure to do so may result in increasing difficulties and costs of sales.  In extreme cases there may be penalties for placing non-compliant product on the market, even demands to recover such product already provided to the curstomers.

For the purposes of placing products on the market, telecommunications terminals fall within the scope of a number of EU Directives.  For example:

  • The R&TTE Directive
  • The EMC Directive
  • The Low Voltage Directive
  • The Automotive Directive
  • The WEEE Directive
  • The RoHS Directive
  • The EuP Directive - to be changed to the ErP directive

Each of these has a set of complex requirements that must be met in order that products may access the EU marketplace.  These the environment created by this regulatory regime is almost always changing.  This could be through new harmonised standards or regulatory procedures being modified or made more stringent or even the basic Directives themselves can be 're-cast'.

In general, the regulations are getting tighter all the time.  If the conformity of the product is good, it is unlikely that there will be serious difficulties.  If not then the consequences on the business could be severe.  Telecom Policy Services will provide a hands-on health-check on your compliance status with suggestions on actions needed. 

Alternatively, perhaps access to information on what is happening would be useful.  Consultancy services of this nature can be provided. 

TPS can also act as your agent and undertake the conformity work to permit access to the UK and EU markets for products.

For end users, TPS can provide a service to check that what they are buying conforms to the regulations.