The Machinery Directive is a European Directive which defines product requirements that must be upheld by manufacturers and other economic operators for the purpose of placing machinery and installations and other products covered by the scope of this Directive on the market and/or put these into use within Europe. The product requirements are defined by so-called essential safety and health requirements. Manufacturers and other economic operators planning to place machinery and installations on the market or put these into use within Europe must meet these requirements. Only after all applicable product requirements of the Machinery Directive and other relevant CE product requirements have been met, can the CE marking be affixed to the machinery and installations and can the machinery and installations be freely placed on the market within the European Union.
The Machinery Directive applies to machinery, installations, interchangeable equipment, safety components, lifting accessories, chains, ropes and webbing, removable mechanical transmission devices and partly completed machinery.
A number of products are also excluded from the Machinery Directive. These include agricultural and forestry tractors, switchgear and machinery installed on seagoing vessels and mobile offshore units.
Our machinery safety experts at Certification Company have the necessary skills and expertise at their disposal, in order to fully perform the entire CE certification procedure of your machine(s) on your behalf. Our specialists are TÜV certified, accredited safety experts and are capable of performing a complete conformity assessment procedure in accordance with the Machinery Directive and any other applicable CE product regulations. You can rest assured that your machinery or installation will be assessed professionally and impartially in order to place it legally approved on the market.
Determine whether the product falls within the scope of the Machinery Directive and/or other CE Directives.
An analysis to determine the risks and essential health and safety requirements applicable to the relevant machinery.
Assessment of requirements established in step 2 on the basis of Harmonised European standards.
Compile or verifythe Technical Documentation containing descriptions, instructionmanuals and the performed risk assessments.
Verify certificates and draw up the EU Declaration of Conformity in order to confirm compliance of the machinery/installation with CE legislation.
Instructions on correctly affixing the CE marking to the machinery or installation.
The Machinery Directive is one of the most vital European product legislative Directives. The current Machinery Directive dates back to 2006. After 15 years, it became high time for a modernization, from both a technological as well as a legal point of view.
On the 21st of April the proposal text for the new Regulation on Machinery was presented by the European Commission. The main legal changes of the proposal are summarized in this article.