Indicative list of equipment sub-classes in accordance with the R&TTE Directive (1999/5/EC)

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Disclaimer: ECO has no responsibility for the content of the list of sub-classes published in this page. The list is maintained on the ECO web site on the request of the European Commission. The list has been developed by the T-CAM Committee of the European Commission. All queries on the list and its content should be made to the European Commission.


Sub class

Frequency band Application
The subclasses: 2 to 6, 8 and 10 are obsolete



890-915/935-960 MHz
880-890/925-935 MHz
876-880/921-925 MHz





1710-1785/1805-1880 MHz GSM


1525.0-1544.0 MHz
1555.0-1559.0 MHz
1631.5-1634.5 MHz
1656.5-1660.5 MHz

Land Mobile Earth Stations



10.7-11.7 GHz
12.5-12.75 GHz
14.0-14.25 GHz
Land Mobile Earth Stations


380-385 MHz
390-395 MHz


1610-1613.5 MHz
1613.8-1626.5 MHz
2483.5-2500 MHz
2483.5-2500 MHz

Satellite-Personal Communications (PCN) earth stations


1980-2010 MHz
2170-2200 MHz
Satellite-Personal Communications (PCN) earth stations


1525.0-1544.0 MHz
1555.0-1559.0 MHz
1626.5-1645.5 MHz
1656.5-1660.5 MHz

Land Mobile Satellite Service


1880-1900 MHz DECT


40.660-40.700 MHz Non Specific Short Range Devices


433.05-434.79 MHz Non Specific Short Range Devices


2400-2483.5 MHz Non Specific Short Range Devices


2400-2454 MHz Wideband Data Transmission Systems incl RLANs


13.553-13.567 MHz Inductive applications


26.957-27.283 MHz Non Specific Short Range Devices


2446-2454 MHz Movement Detection


24.15-24.175 GHz Movement Detection


868.0-868.6 MHz Non-Specific Short Range Device


868.7-869.2 MHz Non-Specific Short Range Device


869.4-869.65 MHz Non-Specific Short Range Device


869.7-870 MHz Non-Specific Short Range Device


868.6-868.7 MHz Alarms


869.25-869.3 MHz Alarms


869.65-869.7 MHz Alarms


869.2-869.25 MHz Social Alarms


20.05-59.75 kHz Inductive applications


59.750-60.250 kHz Inductive applications

38 (superseded by 39)

60.250-67 kHz Inductive applications


67-70 kHz Inductive applications


70-119 kHz Inductive applications


119-127 kHz Inductive applications


127-135 kHz Inductive applications


5725-5875 MHz Non Specific Short Range Device


6765-6795 kHz Inductive applications


7400-8800 kHz Inductive applications


863-865 MHz Radio Microphones


402-405 MHz Ultra Low Power Active Medical Implants


863-865 MHz Wireless Audio applications


457 kHz Avalanche Victims


76-77 GHz RTTT


446.0-446.1 MHz PMR446

The frequency bands below (subclasses 52 to 58) are harmonised by measures pursuant to the Radio Spectrum Decision 676/2002/EC.  As yet they do not have their regulatory technical parameters regrouped in table form.  At the implementation date deadline, each band is considered having its use harmonised in the sense of Article 6.4 of Dir. 1999/5/EC R&TTE. Bands for which a derogation has been granted as foreseen in the Radio Spectrum Decision (Article 4.5) to at least one Member State, and where this derogation is still in force, are an exception to harmonised use.

Equipment operating exclusively in conformity with the regulated parameters of such bands of harmonised use do not need to be notified under Article 6.4, independently of whether a Member State implemented the harmonisation measure. Furthermore, where equipment can be used without any technical or administrative prerequisite, it is also outside the scope of the “alert sign” Decision 2000/299/EC, and therefore is not required to carry this sign.

52    Automotive Short Range Radars in the 21.65 - 26.65 GHz band  Decision 2005/50/EC    In force 

53    Automotive Short Range Radars in the 77 GHz - 81 GHz band   Decision 2004/545/EC   In force 

54    Wideband Data Transmission Systems operating in the 5470 - 5725 MHz band.
        " Note: TCAM 21 agreed that equipment, which can operate only in band 5470-5725 MHz and which is compliant with the Commission Decision 2005/513/EC as amended by  Decision 2007/90/EC and the essential requirements of the R&TTE Directive, is considered as Class 1 equipment.
In addition, TCAM 21 agreed that equipment, which can operate in both frequency bands 5150-5350 MHz and 5470-5725 MHz and which is compliant with the Commission Decision 
Decision 2005/513/ECas amended by Decision 2007/90/EC and the essential requirements of the R&TTE Directive, is considered as Class 2 equipment although this equipment is exempted from the notification procedure referred to in article 6.4 of the Directive 1999/5/EC. All provisions for Class 2 equipment (e.g. Class 2 identifier, specific information to the user, etc.) are still applicable."

56    RFID in 865-868 frequency band Decision 2006/804/EC  In force  /P>

57    Ultrawide band equipment Decision 2007/131/EC  In force 
       " Note: Equipment in this subclass which can be used outdoors are Class2 since their outdoor use is submitted to certain user level constraints  (Article 3 of Dec. 2007/131/EC). Nevertheless, they do not need to be notified since they operate in bands whose use is harmonised”.

58    Commission Decision 2009/381/EC amending Decision 2006/771/EC on harmonisation of the radio spectrum for use by short-range devices


Note on Sub-class 22

*) “Equipment within the scope of subclass 22, but capable also of operating at 100 mW across the whole of the frequency band is not to be considered a class 1 device.  They can be operated in the EU without restrictions indoor, but cannot be operated outdoors in France in the whole of the band until further notice.  They have to be marked with the alert sign accordingly.  Member States have however agreed, that they do not need to be notified to Member States under Article 6.4 of Directive 1999/5/EC, provided that users are informed about the restrictions of use.”. 

Summary of the TCAM 26 decision on Sub-class 22

Sub-class 22 in the 2400-2454 MHz band is constituted by Short Range Devices (SRDs) using appropriate mitigation techniques that are therefore allowed to operate at 100 mW e.i.r.p., whatever type of application they implement (RLAN access, inter-device communication, control of model airplanes, microphones, etc.). A mitigation technique is considered as appropriate if:

-   it provides the same level of protection as the medium access protocols of current applications in this band, such as those specified in IEEE 802.11 standards for WiFi, in Bluetooth specifications or in IEEE802.15.4 for Zigbee, etc.:

-   it ensures an equal spectrum sharing with other devices, i.e. congestion, if any, occurs in a gradual way impacting equally the service of all types of devices.

Click here for a full explanation of the TCAM26 Decision and additional conformance information.



Related Links

R&TTE Directive
R&TTE Guide 
R&TTE Compliance Association
EFIS and National Frequency Tables