What Are The Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008

The Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008 (UK Machinery Regulations) are the UK’s equivalent of the European Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC.

The UK Machinery Regulations was the way that the European Machinery Directive was enacted into British Law.  Whilst BREXIT has broken the direct connection between the UK Machinery Regulations and the EU Machinery Directive, the requirements of both remain almost identical.

The UK Machinery Regulations continue to ensure that all mechanical and electro-mechanical products placed on the market in the UK are safe and pose minimal risk to human health. and, where appropriate, of domestic animals and goods, notably in relation to the risks arising out of the use of machinery.

The Regulations address risks from noise, radiation and electrical hazards posed by mechanical and electro-mechanical devices, including all machinery, interchangeable equipment, and safety components.

From January 1st, 2021 onwards, to indicate conformity with the UK Machinery Regulations, products must carry a UKCA Mark. That Mark must be supported by both a valid UK Declaration of Conformity and a UK Technical File.

Do the UK Machinery Regulations apply to me?

From January 1st, 2021, whether it be for domestic, commercial, or industrial use, all machinery placed on the market or brought into service in the UK must comply with the Machinery Regulations.*

The Regulations define ‘Machinery’ as any item of equipment that contains a linkage of parts that moves under power for a purpose. The Regulations also apply to assemblies that aren’t whole machines, and groups of assemblies or machines that function together for a common purpose, such as production lines.

In addition to this, the Regulations also brings into scope interchangeable equipment, safety components, lifting accessories such as chains, ropes and webbing, removable mechanical transmission devices and partly completed machinery.

How do I comply with the UK Machinery Regulations?

If the Regulations apply to your product, you are legally required to meet their Essential Health and Safety Requirements (ESHRs). You have the option of either addressing the EHSRs directly or demonstrating conformity by meeting the appropriate British Designated Standards.  

For products or equipment that falls under Annex IV of the Regulations, the responsible party must either be able to demonstrate conformity in full to the applicable British Designated Standard(s) or use a UK Approved Body to confirm conformity via the completion a UK Type Examination.

Whatever method for demonstrating conformity a responsible party follows, they will need to prepare a full UK Technical File containing evidence of compliance with the requirements of the UK Machinery Regulations. In most cases that Technical File will need to include valid test & design data.

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How can Technology International help?

Technology International has been an EU Notified Body for the Machinery Directive since 1994, supporting hundreds of clients in meeting the requirements of the Directive.

From January 1st, 2021, Technology International shall become a UK Approved Body (UKAB) for The Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008, and will be able to bring its many decades of experience to helping clients navigate the UK’s new regulatory regime.

We can provide tailored support to meet each Client’s specific needs, choosing from a range of services that include:

  • Compliance consultancy
  • Testing
  • Training
  • Compliance management
  • Documentation support
  • Technical support services

*Note:  The UK Government has announced that valid CE Marks will remain acceptable in the UK until December 31st, 2021.