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!).

Assessment according to CE directives

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.

When to start?

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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Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC

The Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC is probably one of the best known CE directives when it comes to the CE marking of machinery and installations. In annex I the directive specifies a large number of minimum essential safety requirements with which machinery must comply.
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Pressure Equipment Directive 2014/68/EU

Equipment with a pressure of 0.5 bar or more is subject to the Pressure Equipment Directive (2014/68/EU). The way in which the directive is applied depends on the design specifications of the equipment; the working pressure, pipe diameter or vessel capacity, together with the medium in the equipment, determine which category the product falls under.
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Obtaining the CE marking on machinery is ideally a process that should receive adequate attention throughout the development of the machine. After all, the choices made in all the steps of the development process of the machine have a greater or lesser influence on the safety of the machine and vice versa.
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If machinery is to be or is to be fitted with safety control devices, these must meet certain reliability requirements. These reliability requirements depend on the size of the risk that the safety control has to protect against: the higher the risk, the higher the reliability of the safety control.
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Import of machinery

CE marking is a responsibility of companies that place machinery on the market for the first time within the EEA. This means that when a machine is imported from outside the EEA, the importer is responsible for the CE marking of the machine. This has major consequences!
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