Technical Committee (TC) EMC and Radio Spectrum Matters (ERM) Activity Report 2020

Chair: Holger Butscheidt, Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy, Germany

Responsible for a range of radio product and electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) standards and the overall co-ordination of radio spectrum matters.

ETSI’s Harmonised European Standards are developed by our members in our technical committees, with much of this work being conducted in our committee for Electromagnetic compatibility and Radio spectrum Matters (TC ERM).

Now in force across Europe, the Radio Equipment Directive 2014/53/EU (RED) has required the revision or replacement of all ETSI’s existing related Harmonised Standards and the development of new ones. The EC’s creation of a new approval procedure for our Harmonised Standards during 2018 thus necessitated a change in ETSI’s working methods to ensure compliance with legislative requirements. In 2020, TC ERM continued to co-operate closely with the EC to optimize the efficiency of this new process, as exemplified by participation in several bi-lateral events.

Progress was accordingly made in creating new Harmonised Standards and making updates to existing publications, with much of the committee’s work during the year dedicated to ongoing definitions for receiver parameters.

 See the full list of TC ERM deliverables published since January 2020 here. Publications of note by our working groups included:

 ERM TG11 - Wideband data systems. Our Harmonised Standard [EN 300 328] on access to spectrum for data transmission equipment operating in the 2,4 GHz band achieved citation in the OJEU.

ERM TG17 - Broadcast and ancillary communications equipment. Two parts of our multipart Harmonised Standard [EN 303 345-2, EN 303 345-5] on access to spectrum for broadcast sound receivers achieved citation in the OJEU. We also published and delivered our standard [EN 303 340] on access to spectrum for digital terrestrial TV broadcast receivers for citation.

ERM TG28 - Generic Short Range Devices (SRD). Our Harmonised Standard [EN 302 609] on radio equipment for Euroloop communication systems was published and delivered to the EC, subsequently achieving citation in the OJEU in 2021.  We revised our System Reference document [TR 103 435] on technical characteristics for Ultra Narrow Band (UNB) SRDs operating in UHF spectrum below 1 GHz.

ERM TG30 – Wireless medical devices. Our revised Harmonised Standard [EN 303 520] for wireless medical capsule endoscopy devices operating in the band 430 - 440 MHz was cited in the OJEU.

ERM TG34 – Radio Frequency Identification Equipment. We published a new revision of our Harmonised Standard [EN 302 208] that addresses RFID equipment in 865 - 868 MHz with power levels up to 2 W and in 915 - 921 MHz with power levels up to 4 W, delivering it to the EC for citation in the OJEU.

ERM TG37 - Intelligent transport systems. In the area of Transport and Traffic Telematics (TTT), our revision of the Harmonised Standard on 5,8 GHz DSRC On-Board Units [EN 300 674-2-2] was listed in the OJEU.

ERM TG AERO - Aeronautics. Six parts/sub-parts of our standard for Advanced Surface Movement Guidance and Control System [EN 303 213-1, EN 303 213-2, EN 303 213-3, EN 303 213-4-1, EN 303 213-4-2 and EN 303 213-7] were published.

ERM TGDMR - Digital Mobile Radio. We revised our standard [EN 300 113] on radio equipment intended for the transmission of data and/or speech using constant or non-constant envelope modulation and having an antenna connector.

ERM TGMARINE – Maritime and Radio Amateur. Two Harmonised Standards for access to radio spectrum for low power personal locating devices employing AIS [EN 303 098] and maritime VHF transmitters/receivers for use on inland waterways [EN 300 698] were listed in the OJEU. We revised our standard [EN 303 135] on access to harmonised spectrum for Coastal Surveillance, Vessel Traffic Services and Harbour Radars, delivering it to the EC for citation. We updated our standard [EN 301 925] on radiotelephone transmitters and receivers for the maritime mobile service operating in VHF bands. We also published and revised Technical Specifications [TS 101 570-2, TS 101 570-3, TS 101 570-5, TS 101 570-6] for the testing of Interoperability of Digital Selective Calling (DSC) marine radios.

ERM TGSRR. We published a System Reference doc [TR 103 593] on radio determination equipment for ground based vehicular applications in the 77 - 81 GHz range.

ERM TGUWB – Ultra Wide Band. Our Harmonised Standard [EN 302 066] on access to radio spectrum for Ground- and Wall-Probing Radio determination (GPR/WPR) devices) was published and delivered for citation in the OJEU. Our Harmonised Standard [EN 302 065-3] covering requirements of article 3.2 of the Directive 2014/53/EU for UWB devices used in ground based vehicular applications was also delivered for citation. We also published a Technical Report [TR 103 686] on Low Duty Cycle Mitigation for UWB devices, and a System Reference document [TR 103 664] on Security Scanners (SSc) in the 60 - 90 GHz range.

TC ERM WGEMC – Electro Magnetic Compatibility. We revised various parts of our ElectroMagnetic Compatibility (EMC) standard for radio equipment and services, delivering two parts [EN 301 489-17, EN 301 489-22] to the EC for citation in the OJEU. We published a Technical Specification [TS 103 569], studying extension of the upper limit of the range of radiated emissions requirements up to 40 GHz for ICT equipment EMC standardization.

Throughout the year TC ERM maintained its co-operation with the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC), in particular in the area of smart/connected devices where the electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) requirements for the base machine need to be reconciled with EMC requirements for the radio elements providing the connectivity. This affects, for example, smart domestic appliances and some industrial machinery. We have continued to work actively with CENELEC to align processes in order to support and homogeneous single market, in support of competition and innovation.


During 2021, the main focus of TC ERM is continued development and revision of various Harmonised Standards and technical specifications, including those in relation to:

  • Multiple Gigabit Wireless Systems (MGWS)
  • Networked Short Range Devices (SRD)
  • SRDs using Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) technology
  • Radio equipment operating below 9 kHz
  • Robotic mowers
  • Wireless power transmission
  • Wideband transmission systems
  • UWB systems including ground- and wall-probing radio determination; Level Probing Radar (LPR); tracking; keyless entry systems; generic UWB communications
  • Radiodetermination equipment
  • Wireless Industrial Applications (WIA)
  • Ultra Low Power wireless medical capsule cameras
  • Metal sensors
  • Security scanners
  • C-ITS communications
  • Vehicular radar; automotive and surveillance radar equipment
  • Ground Based Synthetic Aperture Radar (GBSAR)
  • Primary Surveillance Radar
  • Wide Area Multilateration (WAM)
  • Advanced Surface Movement Guidance and Control System (A-SMGCS)
  • Data Link Services (DLS)
  • Airport Surface Data Link (AeroMACS)
  • VHF air-ground Digital Link (VDL)
  • Euroloop railway systems
  • Marine radar, positioning systems and survival location devices
  • Maritime Digital Selective Calling (DSC)
  • Inland waterways navigation radar
  • Digital Terrestrial TV transmitters and receivers
  • DAB and DRM transmitters
  • AM/FM broadcast sound receivers
  • Active antennas for broadcast reception
  • Wireless microphones/audio PMSE systems
  • Inductive loop systems for the hearing impaired
  • Avalanche beacon equipment for buried people
  • Meteorological radar
  • Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) systems
  • Land Mobile Service broadband radio for Public Protection and Disaster Relief
  • EMC
  • Measurement and testing

See the full list of current TC ERM Work Items here.

In addition, the Delegated Act and Standardisation Request on Article 3.3 and 4, currently under development of the EC, will need to be considered together with TC CYBER and TC RRS. These new legislations regarding security and software will have more or less impact on all radio equipment. To study any ETSI activities for possible activations of the RED articles, Special Task Force STF592 will be created under the responsibility of TC ERM.