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European Commission Issues Guidance on Common Charger Directive

Common Charger Directive

The European Union (EU) has released official guidance in the Official Journal on May 7, 2024, interpreting its rules on a common charger. This guidance clarifies the Common Charger Directive 2022/2380 (CCD), which amended the EU’s Radio Equipment Directive (RED) to mandate a single charger for various electronic devices. It offers a non-binding interpretation of the CCD, outlining its impact on manufacturers and consumers.


What Is the Common Charger Directive?

The European Union’s Common Charger Directive, in force since December 28, 2022, covers various electronic devices like smartphones, tablets, cameras, and headphones. It amends the Radio Equipment Directive (RED) and mandates a standardized USB Type-C charging interface. This purpose is to improve the user experience and reduce electronic waste, with full implementation expected by the end of 2024.

Official Guidance on Common Charger Directive

The newly issued guidance addresses common questions and provides clarification on key provisions of the CCD. Under the CCD, common charger rules apply to a wide array of electronic devices, including handheld mobile phones, tablets, digital cameras, and more. Notably, laptops will also fall under the directive’s purview, with full applicability expected by April 2026.

Key changes introduced by the guidance include:

  • Harmonized Charging Receptacle: All covered equipment must use a harmonized charging receptacle, such as USB-C or USB-PD. The directive specifies requirements for both standard and fast charging scenarios, allowing the use of other receptacles as long as they are accompanied by a USB-C receptacle.
  • Harmonized Charging Technology: Radio equipment listed in Part I of Annex Ia must incorporate USB power supply options specified in standard EN IEC 62680-1-3 for standard charging (up to 5 volts, currents up to 3 amperes, or powers up to 15 watts) and USB Power Delivery (USB PD) for fast charging (voltages higher than 5 volts, currents higher than 3 amperes, or powers higher than 15 watts), as described in standard EN IEC 62680-1-2. Additionally, the equipment must allow for the full functionality of USB PD if it incorporates any additional charging protocol.
  • Improved Information for End-Users/Consumers: The use of user-friendly and easily accessible pictograms to indicate whether a charging device is included with the covered radio equipment. Additionally, specifications related to charging capabilities and compatible charging devices in the accompanying instructions, presented in a graphic form using a user-friendly label.


For more information, read the full Commission Notice – Guidance for the interpretation of the Common Charger Directive.

If you need assistance interpreting the new guidance or anticipate its impact on your business, consider contacting our product compliance consultancy department for tailored assistance.

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