CE marking of ATM equipment

With the entry into force of the  “Interoperability Regulation” 552/2004 , ground-based air traffic management (ATM) equipment shall comply with the applicable CE marking regulations such as the EMC directive (2014/30/EU), the LVD (2014/35/EU) or the RED  (2014/53/EU) that repeals R&TTE directive.

In the ATM industry, radio equipment directive (RED) – dealing with safety, EMC and radio spectrum-, is mandatory for radio transmitters and receivers and, consequently, they must be tested to demonstrate their compliance with this European Directive. The following products are included:

  • Primary radar
  • Distance measuring equipment (DME)
  • Microwave landing system (MLS)
  • Monopulse surveillance secondary radar (MSSR)
  • Doppler VHF omni-directional range beacon (DVOR)
  • MSSR Mode S
  • MSSR site monitor
  • ILS glide slope
  • ILS localizer

The RED does not deal with sector specific requirements concerning functionality, functional safety, fitness for purpose or interoperability.

For most ground-based ATM products, harmonized standards to demonstrate conformity with RED essential requirements are not available yet and manufacturers must seek the intervention of a notified body. Therefore, the CE marking according to RED must be done applying the EU type examination by a notified body (Annex III of the RED) or on the basis of a quality management system assessment by a notified body under the full quality assurance (Annex IV).


article 3 (1)(a)

Protection of the health as well as protection against all kind of hazards (electrical, heat, mechanical,..) must be assessed in order to demonstrate that the equipment is safe in its intended use. The health aspects of the exposure to electromagnetic fields are also included.


article 3(1)(b)

ATM Equipment must not emit unwanted electromagnetic disturbances that may interfere with other devices and it must work reliably while subject to disturbances encountered within the operation environment.


Radio Spectrum

article 3(2)

ATM equipment shall effectively use and support the efficient use of the radio spectrum to avoid harmful interference.
Moreover, each EU Member State can publish Radio Interface Specifications for the use of radio spectrum by ATM equipment in its territory (Article 3(3)).


CE MARKING Testing and Certification

  • Safety testing

According to EN 60950-1 standard and relevant standards regarding exposure to electromagnetic field.

  • EMC testing:

For radio transmitters and receivers, according to EN 301 489-1 and other relevant parts.

  • Radio spectrum testing

When harmonised standards are not available, on the basis of a test protocol based on non-harmonised  EN standards,  applicable ITU and CEPT recommendations and/or ICAO Annex 10.

Test in manufacturers´ facilities through witness testing program.

Notified Body Certification

  • EU type examination

RED Directive, 2014/53/EU.

EMC Directive, 2014/30/EU

Other testing:

  • Vibration & shock
  • Climatic testing (low temperature,

dry heat, damp heat, shock)

  • Salt mist test
  • Water and dust tightness test

The benefit to you:

One-stop-shop service: our complete range of facilities and experienced engineers allow us to carry out the complete range of ATM-related tests in a single laboratory and to provide you with the the CE type examination.

Our competence:

  • ISO 17025 accredited laboratory for EMC, electrical, climatic and mechanical testing (scope ENAC 345/LE808)
  • Notified body for the radio and EMC directives (ON 2031)

Our values:

Trustworthiness, independence, confidentiality and neutrality.

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