I. Definition & Purpose of EMC Directive 2014/30/EU
The EMC Directive 2014/30/EU came into force on the 20th of April, 2016 and is aligned to the New Legislative Framework. The Directive ensures that all electrical and electronic equipment, placed on the EU market, comply with the allowed adequate level of electromagnetic compatibility. In this regard, the electrical products shall not generate or be affected by any electromagnetic disturbance. The EMC’s purpose is to keep all side effects, appearing when electrical devices are interconnected or close to each other, under control. For instance, possible interference between TV sets, radios, electrical power lines and others. Moreover, the Directive limits electromagnetic emissions from electrical equipment so that such equipment doesn’t disturb the activity of other equipment, such as radio or telecommunication, when used as intended.
There are two primary objectives of the EMC Directive:
- All electrical and electronic equipment (whether fixed installations or apparatus) that is placed on the EU market must comply with the Directive’s requirements when it’s correctly installed, maintained and utilised for its intended purpose.
- All fixed installations must be characterised with the application of good engineering practice.