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Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC

What is the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC?

The Machinery Directive 2006/42/EU is a European Directive and falls within the scope of CE marking. It sets requirements for machines, safety components, lifting accessories (such as chains and ropes) and other related products.

Machinery is any assembly of components, of which at least one moves, joined together to perform a specific function.

The machinery directive applies not only to machinery but also to safety components and lifting accessories such as chains and ropes.

Route for Certification:

According to Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC, products are categorized into High Risk and Low Risk products which in turn determines whether that product allows Notified Body to be Involved or Self- Assessment/Compliance certification.

Most of the equipment which fall under this directive can be self-assessed by manufacturers. So long as the equipment complies with the directive, manufacturers need not approach a notified body.

Before determining Route for certification, Manufacturer must check products listed as per Annex IV of Machinery Directive which are subject to mandatory certification assessment procedures to be carried out by Notified Body.

The machinery directive applies to any assembly of components, at least one of which moves, joined together to carry out a specific operation. Also, all the lifting equipment, including chains, ropes and slings as well as safety components are covered by the machinery directive. According to this definition, the scope of this directive is large and consists of a huge number of machines.

VACS Benefits

  • Guidance in Preparation of Risk Assessment
  • Safety Testing as per EN standards
  • Guidance in preparation of Technical File
  • Carrying out Conformity assessment Procedure and issuance of Certificate of Conformity and EC type Examination certificates
  • Guidance in meeting the regulation requirements, design review

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