Digital Radio Tick Mark scheme
The Digital Radio Tick Mark scheme was established by Digital Radio UK at the request of the UK Government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport in 2013 to ensure that DAB digital radio receivers meet specified performance criteria and standards, including the ability to receive DAB+ services, and give consumers confidence when buying a device that it would be future-ready and enable them to receive the available DAB, DAB+ and FM radio stations.
Digital Radio UK developed the scheme in partnership with Government, broadcasters, transmission providers, techUK, the Society for Motor Manufacturers and Traders and the supply chain, and it is now a recognised European standard with ETSI approval. When shown on the packaging of digital radio devices, the Tick Mark logo certifies the radio has been tested and approved and can receive all the DAB, DAB+ and FM radio stations available at its location of use.
Applying for the Tick Mark is voluntary, and in order to be granted use of the Tick Mark manufacturers must put their product(s) through testing to prove they meet the minimum specification. The Tick Mark identifies DAB products that have met these specification.
The Tick Mark helps consumers choose quality products which meet minimum functionality requirements. It helps manufacturers because it defines what is needed, technically, in the UK to ensure the product works where it should work. It helps broadcasters by ensuring listeners can receive all their available services.
Per Product applications
A variety of DAB product types are eligible for the Tick Mark, including: DAB receivers (domestic and in-vehicle); DAB handheld receivers (please email email@example.com if you are applying for a handheld receiver); HiFis with DAB (domestic); DAB head units (in-vehicle); DAB adapters (in-vehicle and domestic); and new vehicles (in-vehicle).
Core Technology Provider applications
The core technology inside DAB devices can also be Tick Mark approved, and in order for an end product to be Tick Mark approved, it must use approved technology.
Use of the Tick Mark logo will be granted on approval from Digital Radio UK. The logo can appear on packaging, at retailer point of sale, online and on other marketing materials. Once a manufacturer or technology provider has been granted use of the mark, they will be sent artwork files and Brand Guidelines on how to use the Tick Mark logo.
Application forms to apply for the Tick Mark
Per Product applications: Download an application form to apply for the Digital Radio Tick Mark here.
Technology Provider applications: To apply for Technology Provider approval please contact DTG Testing here.
Most European countries adopt ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute) European Standards for radio equipment. In 2020 the ETSI specification used as the technical basis of the Tick Mark scheme was updated (to ETSI TS 103 461 V 1.2.2) and to ensure the Tick Mark retains alignment with international ETSI standards, the scheme has transitioned to this new version.
During 2021 manufacturers were granted the option to continue to request certification against either TS 103 461 v 1.1.1 or TS 103 461 V 1.2.2. This flexibility finished at the end of 2021, however, and from 1 January 2022 all core technology submitted for testing for Digital Radio Tick Mark approval must meet the requirements of the TS 103 461 V 1.2.2 specification, and from 1 April 2022 all products submitted must be tested against the requirements of the TS 103 461 v 1.2.2 specification.
The new requirements of TS 103 461 V 1.2.2 are:
- All products must also be tested for alarm announcement capability
- Automotive products must also be tested for service following with the ECC
- Automotive products subject to the EECC must also be tested for Fig 2 labels.
All existing DRUK certifications and use of the Digital Radio Tick Mark remain valid but it is important to note that core technology certified for TS 103 461 V 1.1.1 will not support new products to be Tick Mark certified after 1 April 2022 as they have not been tested to support alarm announcement capability or on automotive products for Fig 2 label capability and for service following including the ECC capability.
You can download the ETSI minimum requirements and test specifications for products and technology here: ETSI TS 103 461 V 1.2.2
These documents include:
- Minimum Specification for FM, DAB and DAB+ domestic digital radio receivers
- Minimum Specification for FM, DAB and DAB+ in-vehicle digital radio receivers
- Technology Provider Test Specification
- Per Product Test Specification
Change to product testing:
The update relates to the ability for products to react to alarm announcements when listening to any DAB service on an ensemble with alarm announcements activated.
Change to core technology testing:
The changes relate to the ability to deliver alarm announcements, as above, and in addition, to the ability to decode FIG type 2 labels and service following with ECC.
Additional ETI test files have been added which support the new version of the ETSI standard and are available from the DTG – existing licensees will receive a free update to the full file set.