Introduction to GPR equipment standards and user's licensing
For many small enterprises there is a mystique regarding the regulations which govern the sale and use of GPR/WPR in many countries throughout the world.
In the European Union (EU) the use of GPR/WPR is controlled by directives issued by the European Commission (EC) and the Government/National radio administrations, who control the use of GPR/WPR by setting conditions for use through their licensing regulations. Directives are legal instruments used by the EC to regulate/ harmonise and create a more open market in the European Union (EU). The Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (R&TTE) directive 1999/5/EC applies to GPR/WPR equipment. This directive is known as a new approach directive, which unlike the older type of directives allows self declaration to demonstrate conformity to the essential requirements, which are set out in article 3 of this directive (see GPR equipment standards). Demonstration of compliance to this directive is a legal requirement, which then allows the manufacturer or his authorised representative to place the product on the market for sale. This ruling applies to manufacturers/suppliers both within the EU or external to the EU.
Although the R&TTE directive allows the product to be placed on the market for sale, it does not automatically allow use of the equipment, and a national licence is often required before the equipment can be used (see licensing rules).
In other parts of the world there are many differing approaches, ranging from very formal technical approval and licensing conditions to no specific rules. For example in the USA self declaration is used to demonstrate compliance to the FCC regulations, and in Canada a similar approach is also used for compliance with the DOT regulations.
It is also interesting to note that many other countries around the world accept the technical requirements set out in the Standards produced by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI)
Please find below a list of frequently asked questions
1. Why does GPR require regulation?
All types of electrical and electronic equipment sold within European Union countries are subject to regulation. The general principle is that if essential operation requires movement of electrons then the equipment is regulated.Read more: Introduction to GPR equipment standards and user's licensing