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The import and sale of electronic communications equipment

The Norwegian Communications Authority (Nkom) is responsible for the rules that regulate radio and telecommunications terminal equipment and equipment for electronic communications network on the Norwegian market.

Radio equipment that contains a radio transmitter and/or receiver is regulated by the Europe-wide Radio Equipment Directive 2014/53/EU (RED). The Directive gives essential requirements for health and safety, electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) and the efficient use of radio spectrum. These essential requirements shall be met before radio equipment can be placed on the European market. The Radio Equipment Directive has been made applicable as Norwegian law through the Regulations on EEA requirements related to radio. This implies that the same requirements for radio equipment apply in Norway as for the rest of Europe.

For other equipment types, see the information at the bottom of this page.

Enterprises that want to import and/or distribute radio-, telecommunication- and network equipment in Norway shall be registered with Nkom. For further information about this, please see our webpage about registration.

Before radio equipment may be placed on the Norwegian market, the manufacturer shall ensure that the equipment has been designed and manufactured in accordance with the essential requirements of the Directive and that the corresponding documentation has been drawn up. In addition the Directive gives specific requirements to the marking of the equipment and the packaging and to which documentation that should follow the equipment. The importer and the distributor of radio equipment have, according to the directive, an independent responsibility to ensure that the equipment that is being placed on the marked meets these requirements. In addition there are more obligations to the producer, the importer and the manufacturer given in the Regulations on EEA requirements related to radio section 12, 14 and 15.

Marking

CE mark

Where compliance of radio equipment with the applicable requirements has been demonstrated, the manufacturer shall affix the CE marking on the equipment and the packaging. The CE marking must be affixed visible and legible. The equipment and the packaging shall also be marked with the identification number of the notified body in the cases where the conformity assessment module H has been used.

Information about the manufacturer and the importer

The equipment shall be marked with the name of the manufacturer and the importer to the EEA. This shall include the postal address that states a specific location where the manufacturer and the importer can be contacted.

Identification of the equipment

The equipment shall be marked with type, production or serial number or corresponding identification that makes it possible to uniquely identify the equipment.

Documentation

Declaration of Conformity (DoC)

A copy of the Declaration of Conformity (DoC) shall accompany each unit of radio equipment. In the DoC the manufacturer declares conformity with the essential requirements of the Radio Equipment Directive. This can be done by including the complete Declaration of Conformity, for instance in the manual. The Declaration of Conformity shall have the same structure and contain the elements which are given in appendix VI of the Radio Equipment Directive.

As an alternative, it is also allowed to attach a simplified version of the Declaration of Conformity. This simplified Declaration of Conformity shall have the same structure and contain the elements as given in appendix VII of the Radio Equipment Directive. The simplified Declaration of Conformity shall indicate the exact web-address where the complete Declaration of Conformity can be found.

The Declaration of Conformity shall be in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Information to the user

An instruction manual shall accompany the radio equipment. The manual shall contain security information, information about the intended use, which frequency band the equipment uses, output power of the equipment and information about restriction of use when relevant. The instruction manual shall be in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Frequency use

If the equipment use frequencies which are not permitted through Norwegian regulations referred to as the General authorisations regulations (Regulations No. 628 of 19 January 2012 concerning general authorisations for the use of radio frequencies), the user must apply for a frequency licence.

Transitional arrangement

Until 13 July 2017 radio equipment could be placed on the marked in accordance with the Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment Directive 1999/5/EF (R&TTE Directive). This transitional period has now ended.

Regulation of other types of electronic communications equipment

Telecommunications Terminal Equipment and other equipment that is used for electronic communication and that is not defined as radio equipment, shall comply with the requirements in the Regulations relating to Safety of Electronic Communications Equipment and Regulations relating to Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) for Electronic Communications Equipment. Marking- and documentation requirements for such equipment are in all essentials as described above for radio equipment.

Some types of radio equipment are not covered by the radio equipment regulation. Examples of such equipment are maritime radio equipment for use on board SOLAS Ships, radio amateur equipment and radio equipment that only can be used to safeguard the security of the nation. For a complete list set the Regulations on EEA requirements related to radio section 2.

Maritime radio communications equipment for use on ships that sails under the SOLAS Convention shall be certified with the wheel mark in accordance with the requirements in Regulations relating to EEA approval of maritime radio equipment set . More information about regulations for maritime radio equipment can be found here.

Nkom issues licenses for radio equipment to be used in aircrafts. More information about licence for use of aeromobile radio equipment can be found here.