Machinery Safety 101

Interpreting the EU MACHINERY DIRECTIVE 2006/42/EC: An Interview with Ian Fraser

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Check out the inter­view that Han Zuy­derwijk of and I did with Ian Fraser, former Policy Officer at the European Com­mis­sion respons­ible for the Machinery Dir­ect­ive (2006/42/EC), and Team Lead­er about ques­tions related to the Machinery Dir­ect­ive (2006/42/EC).

Dur­ing the inter­view, we discuss:

  • the reg­u­lat­ory devel­op­ments in the dir­ect­ive in the last ten years;
  • the concept of the ‘per­son author­ised to com­pile the tech­nic­al doc­u­ment­a­tion’ and how it dif­fers from the author­ised representative;
  • the integ­ra­tion of risk assess­ment into the EMC Dir­ect­ive and Low Voltage Directive;
  • respons­ib­il­it­ies for products placed in the mar­ket when a) the rel­ev­ant dir­ect­ives are amended, and b) rel­ev­ant stand­ards are amended. What does that mean for the con­form­ity assess­ment and the Declar­a­tion of Conformity;
  • how the future amend­ments to the Med­ic­al Devices Regulation/Directive relates to the Machinery Directive;
  • are elec­tro­mag­net­ic com­pat­ib­il­ity aspects of machinery going to be rein­forced in the Machinery Directive;
  • wheth­er there should be more reg­u­la­tions or cer­ti­fic­a­tion of CE/Machine Safety consultants.

We briefly lost con­nec­tion and there­fore the record­ing was inter­rup­ted for a short while. Obvi­ously, it pays off to join the live session 😉

Based on the feed­back we’ve received already, we are plan­ning addi­tion­al hangouts like this to dis­cuss a wide vari­ety of CE Mark­ing related topics!

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