Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC

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.

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.

How can we help you?

  • Carry out complete CE conformity assessment procedures;
  • Classification of your machinery to determine whether it falls within the scope of the Machinery directive;
  • Carry out normalized risk analyses and risk assessments (EN-ISO 12100:2010);
  • Perform tests, measurements and inspections (also on site);
  • Verify or draw up instruction manual;
  • File management of your Technical Documentation;
  • Draft EU Declaration of Conformity;
  • 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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