Machinery Directive

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 […]

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The (Difference in the old- and) new Low Voltage Directive 2014/35/EU

In the new Low Voltage Directive 2014/35/EU every marketparticipant has his own definition. The manufacturer is the one who manufactures electrical equipment and sells this under his name or trademark. The Authorized representative is the person who is authorized by a manufacturer. The importer is a European-based natural or legal person who places electrical equipment […]

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Which type of testing should be used on my product?

Product Testing Product testing strongly depends on the product. The intended use of the product determines the way of testing. The Directive covers certain (harmonised) standards, which determine how the product should be produced / tested to meet the essential requirements of the Directive. If the harmonised standards do not cover all essential requirements, then the presumption […]

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What is the difference between CSA and CE?

The most important difference between CSA and CE is that a CSA Marking is not a legal obligation. The manufacturer may, in principle, bring products without CSA Marking on the Canadian market. In practice, CSA certified products are nearly always requested. For your FREE 15 minute consultation request click here, or call us directly at +31 (0) 294 […]

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What is the producttype plate?

In general, the CE Marking logo should be affixed to the product or the machinery producttype plate. Furthermore, in conformity with the Machine Directive 2006/42/EC, the following data, at least, must be visibly, clearly readable and indelibly affixed to every machine: the firm name and the manufacturer’s full address and, in some cases, his authorised […]

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What is a Technical File?

The Technical File (TF) comprises relevant information, which must demonstrate that all requirements of the Directive(s) have been satisfied. The Technical File must be made available to the competent authorities of the Member States for at least 10 years following the date of manufacture of the machinery or, in the case of series manufacture, of […]

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What is an authorised representative?

An authorised Representative acts on behalf of the manufacturer. The manufacturer can be located inside or outside the Community. In both cases, the manufacturer can appoint an authorised representative to act on his behalf for the execution of certain tasks established in the concerning Directives.

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What is the precise task of an authorised representative?

The tasks that can be appointed to the authorised representative, according to the Directives, have an administrative nature. Depending on the conformity assessment procedure and the concerning Directive, the authorised representative can, for example, have the task to guarantee and declare that the product meets the essential requirements, affix a CE Marking to the product […]

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How long is my Declaration of Conformity valid?

The EC Declaration of Conformity is valid for an indefinite period after the essential safety requirements of the product have been determined and remains valid for products to which no important changes have been made, this means products that are repaired without any change of the original operation, goal or type. Products, to which important […]

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