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Machinery offered in Europe must comply with Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC. Many different products are regarded as machinery; from electric tools to fully automated production lines.
According to the Machinery Directive, machinery is defined as:
“An assembly fitted with, or intended to be fitted with, a drive system other than directly applied human or animal effort, consisting of linked parts or components, at least one of which moves, and which are joined together for a specific application.”
The Machinery Directive serves as the basis for the product safety of machinery in Europe. In accordance with the Machinery Directive, suppliers must advise which risks are associated with their products. Each risk must then be reduced to a low and safe level.
In addition, the manufacturer must compile a technical file and test the machinery by means of an evaluation process to ensure the machinery complies with the requirements in the directive. Finally, a statement of compliance is drawn up once all aspects comply with the directive. After completion of these steps, the product may bear the CE-marking and be offered on the European market.
The above-mentioned obligations apply to both new machinery and second-hand machinery. Machinery offered for the first time in Europe after 1 January 1995 must comply with the Machinery Directive. It makes no difference whether the machinery was produced within or beyond Europe.
The directive does not apply to machinery already offered in Europe prior to January 1995. If the machinery is modified, the product must then comply with the requirements stipulated in the Machinery Directive.
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