Impact Assessment


Impact Assessment


CEPT Assembly at its meeting in Malta, 5-6 June 2008, approved, among others, the following recommendation (doc.CEPT(08)16 Annex 4):

“The Assembly…

9. recommends that the ECC takes more account of economic factors in its work, for example by conducting impact assessments linked to its ongoing technical work where necessary. This does not extend to an expectation that the ECC would conduct substansive economic studies."

WGRA at its 15th meeting in Liege, Belgium, 23-26 September 2008, approved ECC Report 125 “Guidelines for Impact Assessment in relation to spectrum matters” developed by its sub-group RA IA.

ECC at its 22nd meeting in Vienna, Austria, 9-13 March 2009, approved the internal ECC Report  “Management of Impact Assessments in the ECC structure” developed by WGRA. The ECC also requested the ECO to organize, in consultation with the Chairmen of the ECC entities, a training session on impact assessment for the CEPT membership.

The Office, assisted by Plum Consulting UK, organized a CEPT Seminar and Training Session on Impact Assessment which took place in the ECO, Copenhagen, 31 August – 1 September 2009, and triggered the implementation of impact assessment in the ECC work. Click on the links below to download the Seminar’s documentation.

Training material

Impact Assessment studies

1. ECO Receiver Parameters project

In August 2009 the Office, supported by Plum Consulting UK and Aegis systems, completed the Impact Assessment study for the ECO Receiver parameters project which was used as a basis for ECO Report 02 "The impact of receiver parameters on spectrum management regulations. A Pilot Study".

Consult the ECO Rx parameters project webpage for more details.

2. CEPT response to the EC Mandate on "Automotive Short Range Radar systems (SRR)", Part 2

In March 2009 FM47 "Ultra Wideband Issues" proposed, in response to the EC Mandate on "Automotive Short Range Radar systems (SRR)", Part 2, to develop an impact assessment of various options concerning the possible frequency bands for SRR.  

The first option was “do nothing”, the second option was to open a new band (the so called “26 GHz band”) for UWB SRR, and the third option was the possibility of enhancing 24 GHz narrow-band radars with WLAM (for wideband low activity mode). Options 2 and 3 were not mutually exclusive. The car industry stakeholders were then consulted in order to have a picture of current and expected use of radars for safety and comfort applications in cars. This enabled FM47 to provide detailed information on the market for automotive radars with a broader picture than generally provided in an SRdoc so as to better assess the merits and justification for the identified regulatory options.

The impact assessment undertaken by FM47 was specific to the scope of the mandate, namely to assess  the implications of the different regulatory options for the automotive industry stakeholders.  By design it was not as comprehensive as an EC impact assessment. In order to avoid confusion it was agreed to rename the FM47 study “assessment of automotive SRR sector”.

This study provides the views and analysis of automotive industry and administrations on each option, arguments in favour and against. This document is annexed to CEPT Report 37 and was considered by the ECC, in addition to the relevant compatibility studies, in taking the final decision on the SRR issue at its 26th meeting in Baden, Switzerland, in June 2010.

Updated: 08 February 2023, 10:23
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