The harmonised standards, the references of which were published today in the Official Journal, provide solutions for compliance and confer a presumption of conformity with the relevant essential health and safety requirements of the Machinery Directive.
A new consolidated list of references of harmonised standards under the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC was published today in the Official Journal C 159 of 5 June 2012.
These European standards provide solutions for compliance and presumption of conformity with the essential health and safety requirements of the Machinery Directive that they cover.
However, the use of harmonised standards remains voluntary and manufacturers can choose whether or not to follow a harmonised standard to manufacture their products. Manufacturers may thus use other technical solutions providing for an equivalent level of safety. In that case, they must be able to prove that their products are in conformity with the mandatory essential health and safety requirements, taking due account of the state of the art.