Machinery Directive

The European Machinery Directive consists of guidelines for machineries and similar parts that are going to be used in the European economic zone, Switzerland and Turkey. The Machinery Directive contains standards about industrial safety for machines.

Machinery Directive – EU guidelines

Machinery Directives are European Union guidelines. The Machinery Directive determines safety and health requirements for different machineries and products. The Machinery aims for a free goods traffic on the European economic zone.

Application area of the Machinery Directive

The Machinery Directives are used in many areas. Some of the application areas are the machines themselves, as well as the exchangeable equipment and safety components. Load handling devices, chains, ropes and belts fall within the scope of the Machinery Directive, too. Even incomplete machineries that are being built for the European economic zone have to meet the requirements of the Machinery Directives.


Machine directives are the basis of placing products on the market of the European Economic Area


Machine directives apply mainly to machines as well as interchangeable equipment and safety components

CE Mark

The basis for the CE mark is also a machine directive


BM TRADA – your competent partner

Machinery Directives 2006/42/EG

The Machinery Directive 2006/42/EG contains definitions and requirements, which are the basis for the issuing of a CE mark. Compliance with the Machinery Directive guarantees that the product complies with the European standards for product safety and quality, too. Before a machine or machine parts are put to operation, they have to go through a check-up to confirm that the requirements and guidelines are met. After a successful check of the implementation of the Machinery Directives a mark is issued and the product approved for the European goods traffic.

Exceptions in the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EG

Home appliances that are solely purposed for domestic use, as well as audio and video devices, information technology devices, drills and other low voltage devices underlie the low voltage standards. The standards for low voltage devices contain similar guidelines and requirements for safety, but only for devices with low voltage.

Additional standards besides compliance with the Machinery Directives

Additionally to the compliance with the Machinery Directives, some more standards exist, that a product has to fulfil, before being approved for the European goods traffic or before even being allowed to be used. After the CE mark is applied to the product, an instruction manual has to exist in the language of the country, where the product is going to be used. Moreover, a declaration of conformity has to on hand. A declaration of conformity is a declaration by the manufacturer that the product features the properties that are mentioned on the product itself. Most times, these properties are based on predefined standards. Information about the noise emission are also required. If the noise emission of a machine is under 70 dB, it is enough to mention that it is <70dB. Other ways it is important to give a specific, measured value.

Machineries that are used outdoors have additional Machinery Directives. The Machinery Directive 2000/14/EG contains guidelines and standards for the safety of machinery, too, but is justified for machines that are used outdoors. Therefore other basic requirements are set for e.g. the noise emission.

BM TRADA: Usage of the Machinery Directives

The BM TRADA is a globally operating and independent certification authority. BM TRADA is an acknowledged certification authority that issued certificates in many different sectors. The issuing of the CE mark for the compliance with the Machinery Directives is another part of the BM TRADA portfolio.


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