What is the Machinery Directive (2006/42/EC)?

The Machinery Directive (MD) looks to guarantee that all mechanical and electro-mechanical products placed on the market or brought into use, within the EU / EEA, are safe and pose minimal risk to human health. It's important to state that the MD also includes risks to domestic animals and goods, arising out of the use of machinery.

This includes risks from noise, radiation and electrical hazards posed by a wide scope of mechanical and electro-mechanical devices including all machinery; interchangeable equipment and safety components.

To claim your product conforms, you must affix a valid CE Marking to the product and produce a Declaration of Conformity (DoC) backed up by a Technical File.

Full details about the Machinery Directive can be found on the European Commission website here.

Update- New Machinery Regulation (EU) 2023/1230

The ‘new’ Machinery Safety legislation has now been officially announced on the European Union website. The transition period, from now until the 14 January 2027, will allow manufacturers to continue using the existing Directive 2006/42/EC for the European market, but the intention is to allow time for them to migrate across to the new Regulation (EU) 2023/1230, in time for the final date. 

Does the Machinery Directive Apply To Me?

Whether it be for domestic, commercial, or industrial use, all machinery placed on the market or brought into service within the EU must comply with the Machinery Directive.

Machinery is defined as any product that contains a linkage of parts that moves under power for a purpose. It also covers assemblies that aren’t whole machines, and groups of assemblies or machines that function together for a common purpose.

In addition to this, the Directive also brings into scope: Interchangeable equipment, safety components, lifting accessory, chains, ropes and webbing, removable mechanical transmission devices, partly completed machinery. 

How Do I Comply With The Machinery Directive?

If the MD applies to your product, you are obliged to meet its Essential Health and Safety Requirements (EHSRs). You have the option of addressing either the EHSRs directly or showing compliance with the relevant EU harmonised standards.  

For equipment that falls under Annex IV of the Directive, the manufacturer must either demonstrate conformity to the applicable harmonised standard(s) or use a Notified Body to certify the product and its technical documentation through EC Type Examination. When the UK left the EU, all exsisting Notified Bodies based in the UK transitioned into Approved Bodies. This spilt between the UK and Europe means that moving forward Approved Bodies will no longer have the authority to issue European Type Examination Certification. It also means European based manufacturers with a Type Examination Certificate issued by an EU Notified Bodies will need to apply for a UKCA issued Certificate from an Approved Body.

UKCA Marking

As of 2025, all products and machinery entering the UK market must show conformity to the new UK Product Safety Regulations. The rules regarding confirming or demonstrating conformity with the UK Regulations are very similar to those for the EU Directives. Find out more about UKCA Marking here or contact us to ask. Technology International is an Approved Body for the Machinery Regulations. 

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How Can Technology International Help?

Technology International’s team of consultants have a detailed understanding of both the Machinery Directive and the associated Standards to help with your CE Marking.

Once we have ascertained what service best suits your needs we can offer;

•    Product Compliance Consultancy
•    Testing
•    Training
•    Compliance Management
•    Documentation Support
•    Technical Support Services

We can advise your business on applicable machinery safety standards, appropriate routes to demonstrating conformity, expected performance requirements, carry out all necessary testing and documentation preparation to show your compliance to the relevant standards.

Why work with Technology International?

Technology International’s goal is to simplify and guide our customer confidently through the complicated process of UKCA / CE Marking and other Regulations from start to finish.


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