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Although the revised Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC (which became applicable starting the 29th of December 2009) does not introduce fundamental modifications compared with the old Machinery Directive 98/37/EC, it does aim at consolidating the achievements of the old Directive in terms of free circulation and safety of machinery while improving its application.
The former Machine Safety Directive 98/37/EC was considered not satisfactory in several aspects, that is why the revised version is expected to cover the main gaps concerning:
The Machine Safety Directive of 2006 unlike the previous version which it repealed has not granted any transition period for compliance.
Regarding the scope of the MSD 2006/42/EC Directive, this applies to all machinery and to safety components. A machine is defined as “an assembly ... of linked parts or components, at least one of which moves…”. Clearly this definition encompasses a very large range of machines, from simple hand-held power tools through to complete automated industrial production lines.
There are some exclusions from the Directive, for example motor vehicles used on public roads (which follow the Directive 2007/46/EC), weapons and machines, lifts and toys which are covered by TSD 2009/48/EC. On the compliance aspect, this new Directive 2006/42/EC makes key changes to the Declaration of Conformity. The person who is authorized to compile the Technical File must be established in the European Community that is why any non-EU manufacturer that wants to enter the EU market must appoint a European Authorized Representative. Where appropriate, there must be a statement confirming Declaration of Conformity with other applicable directives.
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