Regulatory Compliance

The EMC Directive 2014/30/EU

EMC DirectiveThe EMC (Electromagnetic Compatibility) Directive is a European Union standard that was developed to regulated the electromagnetic interference that exists between electrical and electronic products.

All electrical and electronic products generate some level of electromagnetic emissions.  The challenge comes in when you place those products near each other.

The Directive (officially known as EMC Directive 2014/30/EU) is intended to prevent those electromagnetic emissions from interfering with each other.

Specifically, the Directive establishes:

  • acceptable levels of electromagnetic emissions from a particular piece of equipment.  (emissions)
  • acceptable levels in which a product would be affected by electromagnetic emissions from other nearby equipment.  (susceptibility)

Put another way, products need to be designed and manufactured with minimal electromagnetic emissions, and they need to be minimally susceptible to the electromagnetic emissions of other nearby products.

EMC compliance is required in order to conform with  the European Union’s CE Marking standards.

Directive 2014/30/EU went into effect on April 20, 2016 replacing the previous Directive 2004/108/EC.  The updated EMC Directive was part of the overall “harmonization” of regulations within the European Union.

How we can help

Regulatory compliance plays a central role in everything we do – from initial design and engineering to manufacturing and distribution.

If you are designing a new electrical or electronic product, you can expect it will generate – or be affected by – electromagnetic emissions – in which case you will need to comply with the EMC Directive.

We can help you with EMC compliance.

We work with OEMs, industrial design firms and engineering companies at various stages in the product development process.

Even if we are not involved in the design or manufacturing process, we can help you with the following short-term engagements:

EMC Review
Planning ahead, our engineering team pays close attention to the EMC implications at the earliest stages of product development. With an EMC Review, we can help you identify potential problems and risks before they require expensive corrective measures.

EMC Formal Submission
When the product is ready for approval, we can also work with you to conduct the required analysis and technical documentation to meet the standard.  We will represent you as we formally submit your product for EMC approval.

Let’s talk about your next project.


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