General Information about the Machinery Directive

The machinery Directive is the core European legislation, regulating mechanical engineering products. In this Directive, machinery is described as “an assembly, fitted with or intended to be fitted with a drive system other than directly applied human or animal effort, consisting of linked parts or components, at least one which moves, and which are joined together for a specific application”. Clearly this definition includes a very large range of machines, from simple hand-held power tools through complete automated industrial production lines.

The Machinery Directive provides the regulatory basis to comply with the essential health and safety requirements applicable to machinery at EU level. The essential health and safety requirements demand that machinery suppliers identify the hazards their product contain and identify the risks these hazards present to users. Any risk must be reduced to a low level.

Second hand machinery which was first used within the EU prior to the date of the implementation of the old directive (January 1995) is excluded from having to comply with new Directive. However, if that machinery is upgraded so that its original specification is changed, it will have to comply with the full requirements of the Directive.

Any machinery which was manufactured before 1 January 1995 must be made to comply with the directive if it subsequently brought into Europe from outside just as would any newer machinery manufactured outside the EU.

Before placing a machine on the European market, the manufacturer has to make a technical file and to ensure that his machinery complies with the Directive through an assessment process. Afterwards, the producer or his Authorised Representative has to draw up a Declaration of Conformity. After CE Marking the product, the machinery may be placed on the market.

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