Machinery Directive (2006/42/EC)


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The Directive places requirements on manufacturers to ensure their products, when supplied, are safe. Its scope covers industrial machines to domestic appliances. Where the provision of other EC directives apply eg. the Low Voltage Directive, these must be taken into account in order to achieve full compliance with the Directive.


Intention of legislation

To assist industry by reducing barriers to trade within the Single Market by ensuring a common policy of safety and supply of machinery across the European Economic Area (EEA).



Essentially most machines which are either complete or partly completed and which have at least one moving part, assemblies such as those in bottling or car assembly plants, interchangeable equipment which can modify the function of a machine, and safety components.

There is a strong emphasis on safety and some products which are perceived to have a higher than normal safety risk to the operator require third party testing carried out by an appointed Notified Body which will have been assessed for its technical competence to carry out this work. Such items are identified in Annex IV of the Directive.

Current position

Directive 2006/42/EC is implemented into UK law by means of the Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008 (SI 2008/1597) .Machinery in the supply chain prior to 29 December 2009 is subject to the requirements of Directive 98/37/EC.


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