Digitaleurope Requests Changes to New Regulation

Digitaleurope has outlined its concerns over the European Commission’s decision to combine computer monitors and TVs into a single regulation (we understand this is regarding import duty, but have requested clarification – TA). Some specific displays are already exempt from the regulation, specifically those for specialised professional use. However, Digitaleurope has its own suggestions and requests for the topic, such as the exclusion of notebooks and integrated desktop computers.

High-performance displays (higher resolutions, wider colour gamuts and accuracy, etc) are already exempt. Digitaleurope has its own recommendations on what should define a high-performance display. These include 2.3MP resolution (1920 x 1200); 72% NTSC colour gamut; brightness uniformity of more than 75%; at least 178 deg viewing angles; and 24″+ size. Additionally, the contrast ratio must be at least 1,000:1, and 60:1 at the limits of an 85 deg viewing angle. Pixel response time must correspond to the frame rate of the image, including 3D imaging.

Another exemption is displays for digital signage. These are not just products used for signage, but those used in, for example, corporate and education envrionments. Digitaleurope’s recommendations include: a 32″+ size; intended to be viewed by more than one user at a time; not intended for desktop use; requires installation on a fixed basis; and is not supplied with a means of allowing it to be freestanding.

A change is requested to the definitions of broadcast and medical monitors. Instead of reading that broadcast monitors are designed ‘for professional use in television or broadcast production rooms’, Digitaleurope would prefer the definition to read, ‘for professional use by Broadcasters or Video Production Houses for video content creation’. There should also be a clear distinction between broadcast monitors and high-performance displays. For medical screens, an addition is suggested highlighting the fact that the directives and regulations referenced by the EC will change soon.

An exemption, or least discussion of the issue, is also recommended for future 8k TVs.

Further recommendations cover standby and off mode requirements, seeking to remove regulated products from the EC 1275/2008 regulation. EC 1275/2008 mandate that ‘off mode’ and standby power requirements shall not exceed 1W. TVs are already exempt. Clarification is also sought regarding the network standby requirements regulation.

Another power-related requirement is that regulated products should turn off if four hours pass without user interaction. This should be limited to products with a TV tuner, says Digitaleurope, as it is not appropriate for computer monitors.

Digitaleurope raises issues with other requirements, specifically those dealing with production and recyclability. For more details, please visit