Priorities for checks on electrical equipment
OFCOM focuses its market surveillance on problematic areas. In this way it makes efficient use of its resources, which do not extend to checking all the electrical equipment available on the market.
For its activities in relation to checking electrical equipment, OFCOM acts in a targeted manner, mainly to ensure protection of the radio spectrum and respect for fair competition in the market. It lays down general priorities for action on the one hand, and annual priorities for checks on the other. It can adapt its actions during the course of the year according to the market situation.
OFCOM has defined several areas of activity in relation to electromagnetic compatibility EMC:
- Equipment which causes interference;
- Notifications (authorities and private market participants);
- Equipment which has been declared non-compliant as a result of a check (including European Union authorities' safeguard clauses) and which is the subject of a sales ban, but which has been placed on the market via a different importer.
- Equipment which belongs to a risk category (equipment categories which have caused interference or which can cause interference because of its technical characteristics);
- Other equipment which is suspected of not complying with the regulations in force.
List of priority equipment categories:
This list is not exhaustive. Spot checks in other areas are carried out during the year, depending on the situation in the market.
Alongside these priorities, OFCOM's checks also concern the players in the market according to the following order of importance:
- manufacturers and importers
- wholesalers and distribution centres
- specialised resellers
- other resellers.