Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) User Equipment (GUE)

Satellite Earth Stations and Systems (SES) and Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) receivers are a family of devices that fall within the scope of the European Union Radio Equipment Directive (RED). The RED, 2014/53/EU, has expanded the definition of “radio equipment” contained in the R&TTE directive from just “communication” to also include equipment used for radiodetermination, such as GPS receivers. Thus all GNSS User Equipment (GUE) such as GPS receivers, in order to be CE marked and placed on the EU market, must be assessed for compliance with the essential requirements of the RED.

ETSI EN 303 413 specifies the technical characteristics and the methods of measurement for GNSS equipment. This standard provides one voluntary means of conforming to the essential requirements of the Radio Equipment Directive, specifically, article 3.2 which states “Radio equipment shall be so constructed that it both effectively uses and supports the efficient use of radio spectrum in order to avoid harmful interference”.

Other standards that may be applicable, depending on the host or application, to satisfy article 3.1a and 3.1b of the Radio Equipment Directive for electrical safety and Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) respectively, may include; EN 62368-1 for safety (replacing EN 60950-1) or ETSI EN 301 489-1 and 301 489-19 for EMC.


Official Journal of the European Union C 246/23

Official Journal of the European Union C 209/37

ETSI 303 413 V1.1.1

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