Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC

The Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC covers various aspects of Machinery Safety including noise and vibration. It essentially performs the dual function of:

  • Promoting free movement of machinery within the Single Market
  • Guaranteeing a high level of protection to EU workers and citizens
  • All machinery with mechanical hazards to be sold to the European Union must meet the requirements of the Machinery Directive.

Machinery is described in the Directive as “an assembly of linked parts or components, at least one of which moves, with the appropriate actuators, control and power circuits, etc., joined together for a specific application, in particular for the processing, treatment, moving or packaging of a material”.

The manufacturer is responsible for verifying whether a particular product falls within the scope of the Machinery Directive.

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Countries covered

The Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC applies to the following countries:

Greece, Italy, Malta, Spain, Turkey, and all countries within the United Kingdom.