Introduction to Machinery in the EU Market

Machinery plays a vital role in the engineering industry as well as our everyday lives. Machinery is primarily defined as an assembly of parts which accomplishes its intended function by a drive system other than directly applied human or animal effort.

EU Machinery Legislation

Until the publication of the Machinery Directive (MD) 2006/42/EC  on May 17, 2006 and the subsequent 3 year transition period, the Machinery Directive 98/37/EC was the reigning legal framework for machinery in the EU.

From December 29, 2009, the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC became fully applicable in the EU as the main legal framework for machinery.

Key Facts

  • Any product placed and made available on the EU Market (either through e-commerce or brick-and-mortar) must comply with the Machinery Safety Directive,
  • Non-EU manufacturers wishing to make their products available to EU citizens should appoint a professional Authorized Representative,
  • Manufacturer is defined as:
any natural or legal person who designs and/or manufactures machinery or partly completed machinery covered by this Directive and is responsible for the conformity of the machinery or the partly completed machinery with this Directive with a view to its being placed on the market, under his own name or trademark or for his own use. In the absence of a manufacturer as defined above, any natural or legal person who places on the market or puts into service machinery or partly completed machinery covered by this Directive shall be considered a manufacturer
  • Products which fail to comply may be subject to public notification (RAPEX), withdrawal/recall requirements, warehousing fees, fines or total destruction of the products

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