FRANCE – RADIO EQUIPMENT: THE DISPLAY OF THE SPECIFIC ABSORPTION RATE (SAR) WILL BE GENERALIZED

Original article in French
11/20/2019

New texts recently published in the Official Journal extend the obligation to inform the consumer of the Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) to all radio equipment.

To improve public information and to take account of changing consumption patterns and the appearance of new devices that may expose consumers to radiation, a decree published on November 17 in the Official Journal extends the obligation to display the SAR for all radio equipment intended to be used near the human body: phones, tablets, some connected watches, etc. This requirement, which will come into effect on July 1, 2020, will allow consumers to choose their equipment in an informed manner. For these devices, the regulations already required the measurement of the SAR, but the display obligation is currently applicable only to mobile telephony devices.

The values ​​of the SAR must be included in the instructions for use and, at the point of sale, in the immediate vicinity of the equipment concerned. The obligation also applies in case of distribution free of charge and in any advertising. To ensure consumer protection, a new limit value (4 W / Kg) is set for the localized “Member” SAR. This new value thus completes the limits already established for the localized SAR “head” and “trunk”.

As part of its mission to control the exposure of the public to electromagnetic waves, the ANFR will therefore be carrying out checks in July 2020 on a wider range of radio equipment to ensure compliance with the regulations.

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