Machinery Directive

MD 2006/42/EC

Directive brief

The Machinery Directive covers machinery, interchangeable equipment, safety components, lifting accessories, chains, ropes and webbing, removable mechanical transmission devices and partly completed machinery.



The EU machinery production sector, consisting of 1/3 of the World markets, is one of the biggest and the most competitive sectors with its 170,000 companies and over 3.3 million employees. Minimizing the accident risk caused by the use of machinery is one of the essential policies of the EU. CE marking on a machine demonstrates that that piece of machinery is in conformity with the health and safety requirements enforced by 2006/42/EC, and it can be marketed in the EEA.

If the product is from one of the 23 risky categories as defined in the Directive and is not in conformity with the harmonised standard which covers all essential health and safety requirements, then a notified body must carry out the conformity assessment activity. If the Notified Body is persuaded of the conformity of the product, it issues a certificate, what we call a EU-Type Examination Certificate or a Full Quality Assurance Certificate, thus confirms conformity.

Whatever the role of the notified body is, the manufacturer must draw up a EU Declaration of Conformity and a technical file, and these requirements are legally binding.

CE Certification

Medical Device Directive

MDD 93/42/EEC for medical devices of all classes. Learn More

PPE Directive

EU 2016/425 for Personal Protective Equipment. Learn More

Machinery Directive

MD 2006/42/EC for health and safety requirements of machinery. Learn More

Lifts Directive

LD 2014/33/EU for health and safety requirements of lifts. Learn More

Pressure Equipment Directive

PED 2014/68/EU for sale of pressure equipment in the EU. Learn More

Gas Appliances Directive

GAD 2016/426/EU for a legal framework for gas appliances in the EU. Learn More

Construction Products

CPR 305/2011/EU for regulations on construction products. Learn More

Hot Water Bodies

Directive 92/42/EEC for hot-water boilers with liquid or gaseous fuels. Learn More

Simple Pressure Vessels

SPV 2014/29/EU for uniform law on simple pressure vessels. Learn More

Electrical Equipment

Directive 2014/35/EU for electrical equipment voltage limits. Learn More

EMC Directive

EMC 2014/30/EU for electromagnetic compatibility. Learn More

ATEX Directive

Directive 2014/34/EU for equipment in explosive atmospheres. Learn More

Noise Emission

Directive 2000/14/EC for sound power level of products. Learn More

Measuring Instruments

MID 2014/32/EU for measuring instruments in the EU. Learn More

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