Services according to the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC
CE machinery directive
A Conformité Européenne (CE) marking is a regulatory standard that verifies that products are safe for use and sale in the European Economic Area (EEA). The Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC is the directive that applies to machinery, lifting accessories such as slings and chains, and safety components. You can find all details on what is defined as machinery in Article 2 of the official Directive. This directive can be divided in different sections, among which two of the most prominent ones: the essential health and safety requirements (EHSRs) and administrative provisions.
The EHSRs is essentially the list of requirements your product needs to meet in order to obtain the correct product marking. The administrative provision part states that manufacturers need to get their products marked, must produce a technical file, and sign a Declaration of Conformity (DoC). Our team here at Certification Experts can help you achieve all of these requirements and support you in the full process of getting your machinery CE marked.
Who needs CE certification for machinery
The EU Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC applies to all products that are considered machinery or safety components. You can find the details on what is considered machinery Article 2 of the official Directive. This definition encompasses a very large range of products and includes equipment that you, as a manufacturer, might be using yourself. If you thus want to enter the European market, your machinery and installations must bear the CE mark for machinery.
Under the CE marking system, manufacturers have the responsibility for CE marking. As a result, the manufacturer must draw up the Declaration of Conformity (DoC) and take responsibility for attaching the CE mark to the product. Other economic operators such as an Importer, Authorised Representative (AR), Fulfilment service provider and Distributor, also have a responsibility to ensure that the CE marking is implemented correctly by the manufacturer.
How to get CE certification for machinery
In order to attain the CE mark for machinery, companies must ensure that their machinery is compliant with all applicable European directives and/or regulations and have the required technical documentation. This must be done in order to be able to enter the European market. The Machinery Directive also requires that a manual must be provided in an approved language for the country of sale. Additionally, all machinery requires an EC Declaration of Conformity (DoC).
European Union member states cannot restrict the market placement of products affixed with the CE marking without adequate evidence of non-compliance. Certification Experts offers guidance on cost and time efficiency regarding the process of machinery certification. We will take care of the following steps for you:
For control systems, additional functional safety requirements need to be taken into account:
The final step: your EC Declaration of Conformity
The final mandatory step is the signing of a Declaration of Conformity (DoC) for your machinery. An EC Declaration of Conformity is a document, drawn up by you (the manufacturer) or your Authorised Representative (AR) in which it is declared that a product is in compliance with all relevant European product safety requirements. Drafting the DoC is the final step of the CE marking process before you affix the CE mark to your product. It is either your responsibility or that of your AR to ensure that the information provided on the Declaration of Conformity is relevant and up to date.
To dispose of a common misconception: the EC Declaration of Conformity is not the same as and cannot be replaced by a Declaration of Incorporation (DoI). A Declaration of Incorporation is a document that is used for partly completed machinery, which is designed to be incorporated into another product. These machines are thus supplied as components or sub-assemblies for other, bigger machines, meaning that they cannot be considered as CE-markable products. To ensure that these products are handled safely as well, the Declaration of Incorporation is the legal confirmation that these are unfinished products and cannot yet be considered as safe. Thus, the DoI does not and cannot replace the Declaration of Conformity.
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Certifications Experts will help you enter the EU market with your machinery or installation. We offer complete certification guidance and expert services in order to ensure your machine is compliant with the CE marking legislation.
For every market, Certification Experts can provide a practical compliance roadmap. We offer guidance on cost and time efficiency regarding certification to be able to access multiple markets.
Certification Experts can review your designs and assist you through the developmental phase to ensure that all critical safety standards are met.
Carrying out a risk assessment is required for all machinery. If you are unsure of how to carry out a risk assessment, Certification Experts can support you and provide full guidance.
In order to check the mechanical compliance of your machine or installation, Certifcation Experts conducts inspections at your location. Based on the inspection, our experts will provide advice on the product compliance.
In order to demonstrate the compliance of your machinery or installation, a technical file is required. Certification Experts reviews the documentation necessary for the technical file and guides you in composing it.
To ensure that your product can be used safely, information and warnings must be provided for your end users. Certification Experts can aid in this proces.
Certification Experts offers training programs concerning the CE marking of your machinery or installation. This provides you with the knowledge on how to enter your machinery or installation safely onto the EU market.
AR Experts (part of Certification Experts) offers Authorised Representative services for companies located outside of Europe and/or the UK.
Certification Experts provides consultancy on every aspect of CE marking and machine safety.
We notify you if there are regulatory changes pertaining to your product
We help you eliminate risks more efficiently, protect your customers and your business. Unsure whether you’ve done something correctly? We can provide a full risk assessment evaluation.
We provide Authorised Representation (AR) for businesses and e-commerce companies located outside the EU/UK – allowing access to those markets by registering us as your legal partner.
Every manufacturer requires a technical file to reach compliance. We support, compile and review these technical documents for you.
We review your designs and assist you through the prototype phase to ensure critical safety standards are met.
Wherever you’re located, we offer a wide range of expert testing and inspection capabilities, both in house and via our global network of affiliated partners and testing laboratories.
We create a clear and practical compliance roadmap for you in any market. Get expert guidance on cost/time efficiency of certification for accessing multiple markets.
We offer custom training programs led by experts, bringing your team up to
speed with important safety processes and regulations related to your markets.
Make sure your manuals, labelling and packaging are fully compliant with your
chosen markets. From writing to reviewing materials, we’ve got you covered.
We ensure the availability of the technical file in case of requests from authorities
With over 25 years’ industry experience, our team can provide expert guidance
on every aspect of product compliance.
Trust us as your partner to verify the compliance of your products
We register as your official point of contact for market surveillance authorities
You gain access to the EU/UK market, no matter where your business is located
We represent you on your behalf for all legal issues pertaining to your product
Enter any market, no matter the marking or industry. From CE marking and UL to CCC, we offer complete certification guidance and expert services tailored to your unique situation.