19 January 2022

Cybersecurity and the Radio Equipment Directive: The Cyber Clock is Ticking!

The expected EU Radio Equipment Directive Cyber Security Commission Delegated Regulation (2022/30) has finally been cited in the Official Journal of the European Union on the 12th January 2022. This supplements Directive 2014/53/EU with regard to the application of the essential requirements referred to in Article 3(3)(d),(e) & (f) (Cybersecurity, Privacy and Protection from Fraud).

The regulation shall enter into force on the 20th day following the publication in the Official Journal of the European Union and will be mandatory from the 1st August 2024. The Cyber Regulatory Clock is now TICKING!

A draft standardisation request (to ETSI) is currently being prepared which asks ETSI to develop standards in support of the Radio Equipment Directive. Standards development will go through the usual process and we would hope to see draft standards through 2022.

However, be warned! Although it is 30 months until it becomes mandatory, you need to start preparing now. . Those 30 months will go very quickly and you don’t want to be caught out; as happened to some businesses with the introduction of the RED and the new safety standard IEC 62368.

Cybersecurity regulation is quite different from the staple regulatory requirements such as Radio, EMC and Safety. A lot different!

This is an unprecedented step change in the radio compliance industry. Therefore it’s important that you start learning and preparing now to understand these new technical complexities to ensure you don’t incur delays and become non-compliant come 1st August 2024.

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