Last edit: 03/03/2023
The legal basis of the Machinery Directive is provided by Article 95 of the EC Treaty (now replaced by Article 114 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union – TFEU) that enables the EU to adopt measures to harmonise the legislation of the Member States in order to ensure the establishment and functioning of the internal market. Such measures must take as a base a high level of protection of the health and safety of people and of the environment.
The Machinery Directive thus has a dual objective: to permit the free movement of machinery within the internal market whilst ensuring a high level of protection of health and safety.
Following the proposal by the Commission, the Machinery Directive was adopted by the European Parliament and the Council, after consulting the Economic and Social Committee, according to the co-decision procedure set out in Article 251 of the EC Treaty (now referred to as the ordinary legislative procedure in Article 294 of the TFEU).
We support local and international manufacturers in the preparation of all the aspectss of the Technical File of their machinery or production lines. We help you understanding the correct interpretation of the various Harmonised Technical Standards and we support you in going through the Directive methodology in order to make your machinery compliant with the 2006/42/EC.
On the basis of the EN ISO 12100 and together with the manufacturer engineers we do a risk assessement of the machine and we list possible modifications in order to make the machine itself compliant with the risk level dictated by the Directive.
We prepare the Technical file and the instruction for use or give advise on how to improve the existing one. The EC Declaration of conformity as well as the marking to be placed on the machinery are prepared.
We verify that the electrical, (EN 60204-1) Hydraulic (EN 4413) and pneumatic (EN 4413) drawings comply with the related techincal standards. Morover we verify that the electrical equipment of the machinery is compliant with EN ISO 13849-1 or IEC 62061.