EU Machine Directive 2006/42/EG

We advise you on the successful implementation of the EU Machinery Directive. The Machinery Directive regulates the import of machinery to the European Economic Area (EEA). It aims to standardise, maintain or improve the level of security and basic safety requirements for machinery in the member states. The European legislator does not dictate how these conditions are to be met. However, it expects from the industry that they are met and that the product targets are realised.

The Machinery Directive must be fulfilled by the manufacturer.

  1. Civil legal action
  2. Criminal investigations/proceedings under public law against responsible persons (managing directors, managers, developers)
  3. Decommissioning of this type of machine in the EEA
  4. Reputational damage

Approximately 2/3 of machines do not fulfill the guidelines.

This poses a real problem as in reality most companies fail to successfully implement the Directive. If the Machinery Directive is not met, the machine is legally prohibited. In this case, as a first step the market surveillance body will prohibit the further sale of products. Should personal injury have been incurred, the consequences are civil and/or criminal proceedings. This usually leads to high costs and – economically more important - loss of reputation.