Directive 2006/42 / EC (Machinery Directive)

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Directive 2006/42 / EC

Title: Directive 2006/42 / EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of May 17, 2006 on machinery and amending Directive 95/16 / EC
(not official)
Machinery Directive
Scope: EEA
Legal matter: Environmental law , competition law , consumer law
Basis: EGV , especially Art. 95
Procedure overview: European Commission
European Parliament
To be used from: June 29, 2006
To be
implemented in national law by:
June 29, 2008
Implemented by: Implementation overview at EUR-Lex
Reference: OJ L 157 of June 9, 2006, pp. 24-86
Full text Consolidated version (not official)
basic version
The regulation must have been implemented in national law.
Please note the information on the current version of legal acts of the European Union !

The Directive 2006/42 / EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 May 2006 on machinery and amending Directive 95/16 / EC (recast) (short: Machinery Directive ) regulates a uniform level of protection for accident prevention for machinery and partly completed machinery with the Placing on the market within the EEA . In addition, Switzerland has largely adopted the provisions of the Machinery Directive into national law. The Turkey has enacted such arrangements.

Goals and implementation

The Machinery Directive aims to dismantle non-tariff trade barriers in the Union. The European harmonized law supersedes the individual national regulations for placing machines on the market. In addition, minimum standards for basic safety and health protection requirements are defined in Appendix I, which are specified more precisely by harmonized standards.

Like all directives that are issued on the basis of the EC Treaty , the Machinery Directive has no direct effect. It must be transformed into national law. In Germany , this is done through the Product Safety Act (ProdSG) and the Machinery Ordinance (9th ProdSV) based on it, but the Machinery Ordinance refers to Annex I of the Machinery Directive, insofar as the fundamental safety and health requirements of the European Machinery Directive have a more or less immediate effect . In Austria , it is implemented through the Machine Safety Ordinance.

Version 2006

The Machinery Directive 2006/42 / EC was published on June 9, 2006 in the Official Journal of the European Union (L 157) and replaces the regulation from 1995. For implementation, see the info box.

The following changes were made:

  • clearer demarcation of the scope of application to the low voltage directive and the elevator directive
  • partly completed machines are included in the scope. The associated documents must show which requirements of the directive have been met. The scope of delivery includes a declaration of incorporation and assembly instructions , which must be drawn up in an official EC language that is accepted by the manufacturer of the complete machine in which the partly completed machine is installed (in contrast, operating instructions must always be written in the language of the country of use) .
  • the basic safety and health protection requirements have been adapted to technical progress
  • Options for conformity assessment procedures for machines considered to be particularly dangerous (see Annex IV of the directive)
  • Safety components are given the CE mark

See also

  • New concept (for product conformity in the European Union)


  • A. Bräuninger: CE marking according to the Machinery Directive. 3 volumes. WEKA media, Kissing, ISBN 3-8111-6585-2 . (plus online access and annual CD with numerous work aids)
  • O. Eberhardt: The EU Machinery Directive: Practical instructions for the application of the European directives on machine safety - with all directive texts. 5th, revised edition. Expert Verlag, Renningen 2012, ISBN 978-3-8169-3127-0 .
  • J. Horstkotte: Machinery Directive, EMC, Low Voltage and Pressure Equipment Directive for practitioners. Compilation of guidelines with brief instructions. Uni editions published by Media Tec, Baden-Baden 2010, ISBN 978-3-931387-34-1 .
  • Alois Hüning, Siegfried Kirchberg, Marc Schulze: The new EC Machinery Directive. Fundamental changes for manufacturers, market surveillance authorities and technical supervisory and monitoring institutions. Bundesanzeiger-Verlag, 2006, ISBN 3-89817-558-8 .
  • A. Lange, H. Szymanski: Fb 1051 - Guide to the implementation of the CE marking procedure for machines. Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Dortmund 2005, ISBN 3-86509-390-6 .
  • Alfred Neudörfer: Designing safety-compliant products; Methods and systematic collections of solutions for the EC Machinery Directive. 6th edition. Springer, Berlin / Heidelberg / New York 2014, ISBN 978-3-642-45446-2 .
  • Ulrich Becker among others: Guide to machine safety. Loose-leaf collection in 3 volumes. 5th edition. Bundesanzeiger Verlag, Cologne 2001, ISBN 3-89817-056-X .
  • HJ Ostermann, D. von Locquenghien, T. Kraus, T. Klindt: The New EC Machinery Directive 2006. 2nd, reviewed edition. Beuth Verlag, Berlin 2006, ISBN 3-410-16309-3 . (Detailed introduction to the New Machinery Directive with many examples and supporting graphics including the full text of the Machinery Directive)
  • R. Reudenbach: Safe machines in Europe. Part 1: European and national legal bases. 7th, revised edition. Verlag Technik und Information, Bochum 2005, ISBN 3-928535-55-2 .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. a b SR 819.14 Ordinance on the Safety of Machines (Machinery Ordinance, MaschV)