Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC

The Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC is a set of regulations from the European Union that specifies safety and health requirements for machinery and other related products. Manufacturers and businesses involved in supplying these products in Europe must comply with these requirements to market or use their machinery within the EU. This involves ensuring that their products meet the essential safety standards outlined in the directive. Only when these and other relevant CE product requirements are fulfilled can the products be labeled with the CE mark. This mark allows them to be freely sold and used across the European Union.

The directive covers a variety of equipment including machinery, installations, interchangeable equipment, and several other product categories. However, certain products like agricultural and forestry tractors are not covered by the Machinery Directive. These exclusions are specific to the directive and these products must meet other relevant standards as applicable.

Looking ahead, the Machinery Directive will be updated by the new Machinery Regulation (EU) 2023/1230. This upcoming regulation, which aims to modernize and streamline the existing rules, will replace the directive. The regulation emphasizes enhancing safety features, clarifying obligations for economic operators, and introducing stricter requirements for machinery incorporated with artificial intelligence. This transition to a regulation ensures that the rules become directly applicable across all EU member states without needing transposition into national law, promising a more uniform application of safety standards.

New machinery regulation

Main changes that manufacturers and other economic operators should take into account.

Machinery safety - Our Expertise

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.

CE conformity assessment

Carry out complete CE conformity assessment procedures.

Product classification

Classification of your machinery to determine whether it falls within the scope of the Machinery directive.

Risk analyses

Carry out normalized risk analyses and risk assessments (EN-ISO 12100:2010)

Tests and Inspections

Perform tests, measurements and inspections (also on site)

User manual

Verify or draw up instruction manual

Technical Files

File management of your Technical Documentation

EU Declaration of Conformity

Draft EU Declaration of Conformity

CE marking

Provide advice on affixing the CE marking on your machinery and installations

Six steps for CE certification of machinery and installations

01Product classification

Determine whether the product falls within the scope of the Machinery Directive and/or other CE Directives.

02Risk assessment

An analysis to determine the risks and essential health and safety requirements applicable to the relevant machinery.

03Conformity procedure

Assessment of requirements established in step 2 on the basis of Harmonised European standards.

04Technical Documentation

Compile or verifythe Technical Documentation containing descriptions, instructionmanuals and the performed risk assessments.

05EU Declaration of Conformity

Verify certificates and draw up the EU Declaration of Conformity in order to confirm compliance of the machinery/installation with CE legislation.

06CE marking

Instructions on correctly affixing the CE marking to the machinery or installation.

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