The legal framework for CE marking of newly marketed machinery is laid down in a large number of product directives adopted by the European Union. These product directives impose requirements on manufacturers concerning the machinery or equipment they place on the market.
Manufacturers must be able to demonstrate that the machinery they place on the market meets essential health and safety requirements (importers of goods from outside the European Union are also considered manufacturers!).
If manufacturers can indicate that the product they place on the market complies with all applicable European Product Directives (so not only with the Machinery Directive) the product may be provided with a CE marking. From this, users and not unimportant employers can see that products are being used that comply with all applicable European directives. In the EU declaration of conformity, the manufacturer declares which directives his product complies with.
Obtaining the CE mark is a process that should be started at the beginning of the development of the machine. After all, the choices made during the engineering phase influence the tests to be carried out and vice versa. During the engineering phase, adjustments to the (design of the) machine can often be made simply and relatively cheaply. If adjustments have to be made to the machine when it is finished, the costs are much higher.
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