Responsibility for radio equipment purchased outside the EU lies with the consumer − At your own risk campaign raises awareness about the risks of buying products online

Published 12.09.2018

On Monday September 10, a group of authorities and organisations launched the joint awareness campaign ‘At your own risk’ for safe online shopping. The campaign is set to raise consumer awareness of personal responsibility for non-EU purchases. Taking part in the campaign, FICORA offers a checklist to shoppers purchasing wireless devices online, and advises on what to look for when assessing the credibility of a seller.

FICORA is responsible for the market surveillance of radio equipment in Finland.All wireless devices bought from foreign online stores may not meet requirements.

– Radio devices are subject to common EU rules to ensure the interference-free interoperability of radio devices. Only radio equipment that complies with these rules may be sold in the EU. If you buy a radio device from outside the EU, it may not work as desired or it may cause interference with other devices, for example because its transmitter power is too high or because the frequency is wrong, Radio Inspection Specialist Milla Kuokkanen explains.

If you buy radio equipment from outside the EU, you are responsible for the device and any interference it may cause.

Look for the CE marking

CE marking means that the manufacturer declares that the equipment conforms to the relevant European requirements. Also an EU Declaration of Conformity and instructions for use must be provided. Most radio equipment can be used without a licence from FICORA. However, if restrictions of use have been imposed on a product or its use requires a radio licence in Finland, these restrictions must be indicated on the package and in the instructions for use.

Ask the seller for more information before making a purchase decision. If these details are not available or they are insufficient, you are advised not to buy the device.

Make sure the webstore is trustworthy

Before you buy, look for these signs of a trustworthy seller. Make sure the order, delivery and cancellation terms and costs are reasonable, and prefer sites with encrypted connections. Such websites have a URL that starts with https and display a padlock symbol in the browser address bar. For more information on safe online shopping, see the campaign website.

See also:
Video - Consider these issues when buying wireless devices

Information about buying and using radio equipment on FICORA's web pages:

buying and using radio equipment

Hava also a look at Campaign pages named at your own risk

Further information:
Radio equipment: Milla Kuokkanen, Radio Inspection Specialist, tel. +358 295 390 354
Information security: FICORA’s customer service on September 12-13, 2018, tel. +358 295 390 230 and Information Security Adviser Perttu Halonen from September 14 onwards, tel. +358 295 390 563

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