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New Guidance Available for the Machinery Directive

The second edition of the Guide to Application of the Machinery Directive (2006/42/EC) originally published by the European Commission in June 2010 was amended in July to become edition 2.1. The guide provides useful insight into fulfilling CE Marking obligations for equipment under the scope of the Directive.

The Guide has been updated to include amendments made to the Machinery Directive as a result of changes to the legislation concerning Pesticide Equipment and Agricultural and Forestry Vehicles. In addition, supplementary guidance is offered on ‘Partly Completed Machinery’, ‘Assemblies’, ‘Safety Components’, ‘New and Used Machinery’ and ‘Marking of Machinery’.

To give an example, the guidance on Partly Completed Machinery has been clarified to include any equipment which must undergo further construction in order to perform its specific application; an example being industrial robots which cannot be deemed to be completed machinery until incorporated into the final machinery – therefore such a robot sold as a generic piece of equipment is considered Partly Completed Machinery.

Likewise, the guidance on Safety Components now clarifies that such a component must serve to fulfil a protective measure to eliminate or, if not possible, to reduce a risk.

A copy of the Guide is available on the European Commission website here: https://ec.europa.eu/docsroom/documents/24722

If you need any help and support with CE Marking under the Machinery Directive, then please call us on 01564 792349.

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