Chapter 2 The EMC Directive
The relaxed EMC regime that existed throughout most of Europe up until the early 90s was overturned with the adoption by the European Commission on 1st January 1992 of the EMC Directive, 89/336/EEC . This was at the time widely regarded to be “the most comprehensive, complex and possibly contentious Directive ever to emanate from Brussels” . It has eventually been superseded by its second edition, published at the very end of 2004. This chapter examines the provisions of the new Directive and how manufacturers will need to go about complying with it. But first, we have to understand the background to European Directives and the history of the first EMC Directive.