Machines may only be made available on the market if they comply with the provisions of the European Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC.
The scope of application of the Machinery Directive includes not only machines in the strict sense but also safety components, interchangeable equipment, load handling equipment, chains, ropes and straps, as well as removable cardan shafts.
In most cases, the manufacturer can declare compliance with the directive on his own responsibility. For all machinery and safety components listed in Annex IV of the Machinery Directive (selected high risk machines), a notified body shall participate in the conformity assessment if no harmonized standard is applied or does not cover all relevant essential health and safety requirements (Annex I).
Again and again, questions arise about interrelations with other EU directives. Therefore, the scope of my cosulting also covers the additional guidelines:
- Low Voltage Directive 2014/35/EU
- Pressure Equipment Directive 2014/68/EU
- Simple Pressure Equipment 2014/69/EU
- EMC Directive 2014/30/EU
- ATEX Directive 2014/34/EU
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