The Machinery sector is an important part of the Engineering Industry. Machinery consists of an assembly of components, at least one of which moves, joined together for a specific application. The drive system of machinery is powered by energy other than human or animal effort.

EU Machinery Legislation

One of the main legislations governing the harmonisation of essential health and safety requirements for machinery at EU level is the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC

The Directive:

  • promotes the free movement of machinery within the Single Market
  • guarantees a high level of protection for EU workers and citizens.

As it is a 'New Approach' Directive, it promotes harmonisation through a combination of mandatory health and safety requirements, and voluntary harmonised standards. The Machinery Directive only applies to products that are to be placed on the EU market for the first time.

The Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC was published on 9 June 2006 and became applicable on 29 December 2009. It was amended by Directive 2009/127/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 October 2009, with regard to machinery for pesticide application.

The second edition of the Guide to application of the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC (3 MB) was endorsed by the Machinery Committee, in June 2010. Other guidance documents can be found here.

An online public consultation on the evaluation of the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC was launched on 22 September 2016 and ran until 16 December 2016.

Relevant information

Notified bodies

Bodies notified under Directive 2006/42/EC: Machinery in the NANDO (New Approach Notified and Designated Organisations) Information System.

European Coordination of Notified Bodies

Technical Secretariat of Notified Bodies for Machinery:

Nederlands Normalisatie-Instituut (NEN)
Vlinderweg 6
2623 AX Delft (The Netherlands)

Mr Hans Weber
Tel.: +31 15 2 690 180

'Recommendation for Use' (RfU) sheets

The following "Recommendation for Use" sheets reflect the common position of the Notified Bodies in the Machinery Sector. They have been endorsed by the Machinery Working Group. Their purpose is to assist Notified Bodies in their tasks of conformity assessment of machinery, mainly for the EC type-examination procedure, in accordance with the terms of the Machinery Directive. All stakeholders involved in the implementation of the Directive should be aware of the existence of this information:

  • Horizontal RfU sheets are prefixed by 00 and apply to all types of machinery listed in Annex IV of the Machinery Directive:
  • Vertical RfU sheets apply more specifically to a particular category of machinery listed in Annex IV, e.g. sheets prefixed by 01 deal with woodworking machinery. They are issued by Vertical Group No 1 of the Coordination of Notified Bodies;