To ensure the safety of machinery, the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC establishes essential health and safety requirements. This directive sets out generally applicable essential health and safety requirements, which are supplemented with a series of more specific requirements for certain categories of machinery. To assist manufacturers in demonstrating compliance with these essential requirements, harmonised standards have been established at the community level. In the Official Journal of the European Union, the European Commission has published titles and reference numbers of harmonised standards within the scope of this directive.
The world of standards is dynamic, with revisions and updates occurring regularly. To stay up-to-date with changes in European harmonised standards for machinery, manufacturers should monitor these changes at the website of the European Commission.
The European Commission has published an updated list of European harmonised standards on August, 2023 that affect the Machinery Directive (2006/42/EC).
The new list of harmonised standards for machinery can be found here.
European harmonised standards for machinery play a vital role in ensuring the safety and regulatory compliance of machinery in the EU. Manufacturers should prioritize compliance with these standards to reap the benefits of enhanced safety, improved product quality, and access to the vast EU market. If you’re involved in the machinery industry, it’s essential to stay informed and adapt to evolving standards to ensure your machinery remain safe and competitive in the European market.
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