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What is BS EN 55016-3-2:2016?

BS EN 55016-3-2:2016 is a technical standard that relates to the measurement of disturbances and immunity of equipment used in the field of EMC (Electromagnetic Compatibility). This standard specifically focuses on the frequency range of 9 kHz to 18 GHz. It provides guidelines for testing and evaluating the performance of electrical and electronic equipment when subjected to electromagnetic disturbances.

Scope of BS EN 55016-3-2:2016

The scope of BS EN 55016-3-2:2016 covers the measurement of radiated disturbances, which include both radiofrequency emissions and susceptibility. It applies to equipment used in various sectors such as residential, commercial, industrial, and automotive industries. The standard helps in ensuring that these devices do not emit excessive electromagnetic interference and are immune to external interferences.

Testing Procedures

The testing procedures outlined in BS EN 55016-3-2:2016 involve subjecting the equipment under test to specific electromagnetic fields in an electromagnetic compatibility test environment. This includes radiated electromagnetic disturbances generated by other devices. The goal is to evaluate the performance of the equipment and assess its ability to function correctly within the defined electromagnetic environment.

The standard defines various parameters for testing, such as the measurement distance, antenna characteristics, and test level requirements. It also explains the methods for evaluating the results obtained during testing. Compliance with BS EN 55016-3-2:2016 ensures that equipment meets the essential requirements for electromagnetic compatibility, reducing the risk of malfunctions or failures caused by electromagnetic disturbances.


BS EN 55016-3-2:2016 plays a crucial role in ensuring the proper functioning of electrical and electronic equipment in the presence of electromagnetic disturbances. It provides a standardized framework for testing and evaluating equipment's immunity and emission characteristics. Adhering to this standard helps manufacturers produce reliable and safe products and ensures that users can operate their devices without interference from other nearby electronic systems.


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