What is the EMC Directive (2014/30/EU)?

The Electromagnetic Compatibility Directive (EMC) is one of the longest standing Directives to come out of the EU having originated in 1991. The Directive aims to ensure that all electrical and electronic equipment does not generate, or is not affected by, electromagnetic disturbance. 

The EMC Directive limits electromagnetic emissions from equipment in order to ensure that, when used as intended, such equipment does not disturb radio and telecommunication, as well as other equipment. The directive also governs the immunity of such equipment to interference and seeks to ensure that this equipment is not disturbed by radio emissions, when used as intended.

Full details about EMC can be found on the European Commission website here.

Does EMC Apply To Me?

EMC applies to all electronic or electrical products liable to cause, or be disturbed by, electromagnetic interference (EMI).  Most manufacturers in the electronics and electrical industries need to ensure their products comply with the Directive and affix a valid CE Marking. Compliance is mandatory for nearly all electrical and electronic equipment imported into the European Union.

The main objectives of the directives is to regulate the compatibility of equipment regarding EMC:

  • Equipment (apparatus and fixed installations) needs to comply with EMC essential requirements when it is placed on the market and/or taken into service.
  • The application of good engineering practice is required for fixed installations, with the possibility that competent authorities of EU countries may impose measures in instances of non-compliance.

How Do I Comply With The EMC Directive?

Conformity can be demonstrated by two routes: internal production control or, by EU-Type Examination which must be done by a Notified Body.

In both cases you must perform and document an electromagnetic compatibility assessment of the apparatus.  This must demonstrate the equipment satisfies the essential requirements either by satisfying all the relevant harmonised standards or by analysing all normal intended operating conditions and configurations and confirming that in every case the apparatus meets the essential requirements.  You must then draw up the necessary technical documentation, including installation details, operator manuals and a Declaration of Conformity (DOC) referencing any Harmonised Standards used to conform. The use of a Notified Body is optional and is sometimes requested through commercial pressure rather than any legal requirement. 

This is a simple overview of detailed and complex law.  You can view and download the original Directive here.

UKCA Marking EMC products

As of 2025, all products and machinery entering the UK market must show conformity to the new UK Product Safety Regulations. The rules regarding confirming or demonstrating conformity with the UK Regulations are very similar to those for the EU Directives. Find out more about UKCA Marking here or contact us to ask. Technology International is an Approved Body for the Electromagnetic Compatibility Regulations. 

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How Can Technology International Help?

Technology International provides fast, efficient, and cost-effective EMC certification assessments. We are an Approved Body for the EMC Regulation, meaning we are perfectly placed to support manufacturers claims of conformity to the EMC Directive by undertaking an UK-Type Examination of their EMC Technical Documentation.

Once we have ascertained what service best suits your needs we can offer;

•    Compliance Consultancy
•    Testing (on-site, third party) 
•    Training
•    Compliance Management
•    Documentation Support (eg. Declaration of Conformity, Technical File, Post/Pre-Evaluation, EMC Control Plan, etc) 
•    Technical Support Services

All our services can be offered either in-situ on fixed installations, at our location or third-party site for testing. 

Why work with Technology International?

Technology International’s goal is to simplify and guide our customer confidently through the complicated process of UKCA / CE Marking and other Regulations from start to finish.


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