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Machinery Directive - 2006/42/EC 

Who needs to Comply with the Machinery Directive? 

The Machinery Directive, also commonly known as the Machinery 'Safety' Directive or MSD, applies with a few notable exceptions to all machinery.  Machinery is commonly defined as an assembly of linked parts or components, at least one of which moves, joined together for a specific application.  It can also refer to an assembly of machines which, in order to achieve the same end, are arranged and controlled so that they function as an integral whole.

Any machine has the potential to fall within the scope of the MSD and the vast majority of manufacturers of machinery sold or used within the European Union need to ensure that their products comply with its requirements.  Manufacturers who do so can affix a valid     CE Marking to their products to indicate conformity.

The MSD Directive and Routes to Compliance

Manufacturers have the option of addressing either the relevant European Standards (listed in the Official Journal) applicable to the product or ensuring that their product meets the Essential Health & Safety Requirements (ESHRs) listed in the directive.  For high-risk machinery and safety components listed under Annex IV of the directive a Notified Body is required for attestation of the product and the technical documentation.

Technology International (Europe) Limited is a Notified Body for the Machinery Directive and can support the Special Attestation Procedures on behalf of manufacturers.  This support can involve conducting product examinations, documentation assessments or registering and storing technical files.  A number of attestation options are open to a manufacturer and Technology International can provide guidance on which one is most appropriate.

Overlap of the Machinery and Low Voltage Directives

There has been confusion as to whether manufacturers of electrically powered machinery must meet the Machinery Directive or the Low Voltage Directive, or both.  In accordance with EU requirements, a manufacturer must legally comply with the more relevant of the two directives.  However, the legal opinion in the EU is that whichever directive you choose to apply, the requirements of that directive must cover all risks associated with the product.  A risk assessment of the product, properly conducted, will clearly show which directive is relevant.

Why use Technology International Group

Technology International can provide MSD Compliance solutions that both simplify the process for manufacturers and minimise costs. Our team of consultant engineers have a detailed knowledge and understanding of both the standards and the MSD, and can undertake a wide range of tasks on behalf of clients, including:

  • Safety Compliance Reviews - Assessments of product designs, selection of applicable standards and development of cost-effective compliance strategies
  • Inspections, Risk Assessment & Testing - On-site or lab based inspection and testing of manufacturers' products to ensure compliance with the applicable standards or ESHRs.
  • Documentation Preparation - Preparation of test and risk assessment reports, technical files and other documentation required to demonstrate product conformity to the MSD.
  • General Technical Consultancy - Providing advice to clients on methods to eliminate or reduce safety hazards, statutory obligations and other compliance issues.

Whatever clients' individual requirements may be, from simple technical advice to developing and managing a full company-wide compliance strategy, Technology International can provide a solution that meets their needs and budget.




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