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 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 to made available in 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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