What Is EN 18031?

EN 18031 is a harmonised standard developed by the European Committee for Standardisation (CEN) and the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardisation (CENELEC) under their joint technical committee JTC 13 WG8, which focuses on cybersecurity and data protection.

The main goal is to improve the ability of radio equipment to protect its security assets and network assets against common cybersecurity threats and to mitigate publicly known exploitable vulnerabilities 

What Are the Main Features of EN 18031?

Here are the main features and focuses of EN 18031:

  • Adoption of EN 18031: The standard EN 18031 was approved, serving as the harmonised standard to meet the cybersecurity requirements outlined in the RED directive.
  • Focus on Cybersecurity: The adoption of EN 18031 addresses cybersecurity articles (d), (e), and (f) of the RED directive, ensuring robust protection against cyber threats.
  • Enhanced Protection: Manufacturers and stakeholders in the radio equipment sector will now need to adhere to EN 18031 to ensure their products comply with the latest cybersecurity regulations.
  • Implications for the Industry: This standard provides a clear framework for cybersecurity, facilitating better protection of personal data, privacy and fraud with the goal of reducing the risk of cyber-attacks on radio equipment.

What Are the Key Components within EN 18031?

In the infographic below, we lay out the key components within the standard EN 18031 broken down into three parts:

What Can We Find in EN 18031?

EN 18031 provides a complete set of requirements to be met, along with detailed rationales, guidance, and assessment criteria to ensure correct application to radio equipment devices.

Each requirement is evaluated in a two-step process: first, its applicability to the product is determined, and then the implementation's suitability is examined.

It also contains comprehensive decision trees that help the evaluator and manufacturer to understand the applicability and pass/fail criteria.

When Will EN 18031 Be Enforced?

The EN 18031 standards were developed in response to the European Union's Delegated Regulation 2022/30/EU, which mandates specific cybersecurity requirements for radio equipment under the Radio Equipment Directive (RED).

These requirements will be enforced from August 2025.

How Can Applus+ Laboratories Help You with EN 18031?

Applus+ Laboratories offers comprehensive evaluation services for radio equipment to ensure compliance with the EN 18031 standard (Part 1, 2 and 3), which aligns with the Radio Equipment Directive (RED) cybersecurity requirements.

Our services help manufacturers verify that their products meet the essential cybersecurity requirements, covering articles (d), (e), and (f) of the RED directive.

What Key Services Do We Offer for EN 18031?

In Applus+ Laboratories, we offer the GAP analysis and Cybersecurity Compliance to our clients to help them comply with EN 18031:

GAP Analysis

If you are new and need to evaluate your product against the harmonised standard to determine how close you are to compliance, GAP Analysis is ideal for you.

Here’s an overview of GAP analysis:

  • Analysis of product specifications to comply with EN 18031.
  • Analysis of evidence requirements to comply with EN 18031.
  • Identification of applicable cybersecurity requirements under EN 18031.
  • Identification of gaps in compliance.

Cybersecurity Compliance

If you are confident and it's time to officially evaluate your product with an official certification process, Cybersecurity Compliance will guide you through it.

Here’s an overview of Cybersecurity Compliance:

  • Evaluation against EN 18031 standards.
  • Generation of compliance reports.

Applus Laboratories is a Notified Body for the Radio Equipment Directive, (NB number 0370), including the new cybersecurity requirements that took into effect from February 1, 2022, and will be mandatory from August 1, 2025 (the EU extended the transition period 12 months in July 2023). Additionally, Applus+ Laboratories can act as an evaluation laboratory to perform the assessments.

Why Choose Applus+ Laboratories for EN 18031 Compliance?

After a long and dedicated journey with CEN/CENELEC JTC13 WG8, Applus+ Laboratories has been actively working with key stakeholders, including our clients. These clients have chosen us for our recognised expertise in harmonised standards and the relevant technology.

Contact us and ask for our comprehensive Evidence Checklist sheet to start your journey to the EN 18031 compliance.


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