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Drone test

Testing en certification of UAVs

Unmanned Aircraft Vehicles (UAVs), better known as drones, can no longer be ignored in society. The drone market has grown exponentially in recent years. With the growing presence of drones, concerns about their general safety, privacy and security are also growing. Manufacturers who market drones must therefore comply with various legal requirements. DEKRA has everything it takes to guide you in the testing and certification of drones.

Since 2021, the European regulation EU 2019/945 has been in force, which requires drones and their systems to meet certain requirements regarding safety and performance. This standard applies to Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) within the categories 'open' and 'specific' (C0-C6). The term UAS includes both the drone itself and all equipment around it (such as the controller or the camera). From January 1, 2024, it is mandatory for all new UAS to be certified against (EU) 2019/945 by a notified body (a recognized test laboratory).

All drone testing under one roof

DEKRA offers the entire process of drone testing under one roof. View the benefits below:
  • Cost reduction
    By ensuring compliance early in your research and development process, you avoid costly redesigns and even more costly recalls. DEKRA offers you the advice you need for a 'first time right' approach. In addition, we offer a complete testing process. As a result, you do not have to go to different authorities and you may avoid unnecessarily high costs and long test processes.
  • Easy access to international markets
    Testing UAS based on harmonized standards simplifies access to international markets. Do you want to market your drones outside Europe? DEKRA offers you Global Market Access services​.
  • Possibility to combine with cybersecurity testing
    Test your drones at DEKRA against cybersecurity standards as well. This way your drones also comply with the future RED Delegated Act: a European directive for all devices with a radio connection. DEKRA offers all tests in the field of cybersecurity, so that your product is resistant to cyberattacks.

Our drone test

Drones must meet different requirements and be tested on different aspects. Together with our regular partners, we offer a complete testing process where necessary. As a result, you do not have to go through multiple authorities, which can lead to unnecessarily high costs and long test processes. We relieve you from A to Z. The tests we offer can be divided into 'indoor' and 'outdoor' tests. This concerns both drone-specific tests according to EN 4709 standards and tests for other related standards. These include:
    • general characteristics (e.g. MTOM, size, mechanical design) – EN 4709
    • electrical safety
    • electromagnetic compatibility (EMC)
    • radio frequency (RF)
    • cybersecurity
    • functional safety
    • chemical safety

    Type testing for fast market access

    Drones are complex products that require many different types of testing. Therefore, rely on our many years of knowledge and expertise in the field of testing and certification. Together with our customers, we always draw up a tailor-made test plan. This way you guarantee the quality of your product and assure yourself of fast and cost-efficient market access.
    In addition to the (EU) 2019/945 regulation, we are also experts on the following related regulations for drones:
    • General Product Safety (2001/95/EC)
    • Radio Equipment Directive (2014/53/EU)
    • Electromagnetic Compatibility Directive (2014/30/EU)
    • Machinery Directive (2006/42/EC)
    • Toys Directive (2009/48/EU)
    • Noise Directive (2002/49/EC)
    • RoHS Directive (2011/65/EU)

    Request a free guidance session with our expert

    Would you like to know more about testing and certification of drones at DEKRA? Request a free online guidance session with one of our experts. During this session you will have time to discuss your business case and ask all your questions to our expert. Fill in the form below and we will contact you as soon as possible to make an appointment.