Machinery Safety 101

EU Machinery Directive Public Review

Begin­ning in Janu­ary 2019, the EU began the pro­cess of open­ing the ven­er­able Machinery Dir­ect­ive (2006/42/EC) for review and revi­sion. The ini­tial con­sulta­tion ended at the end of Feb­ru­ary 2019 so that the staff at the European Com­mis­sion DG Growth could begin the revi­sion work. That has now ended, and once again the European Com­mis­sion has opened a pub­lic con­sulta­tion on the revised Dir­ect­ive.

Pub­lic con­sulta­tion is open from 07 June 2019 – 30 August 2019 (mid­night Brus­sels time) to allow any­one in the world to review and com­ment on the doc­u­ment. You can access the review here.

Accord­ing to the con­sulta­tion web­site, the fol­low­ing cat­egor­ies of stake­hold­ers have been iden­ti­fied for this ini­ti­at­ive:

  • Academic/research insti­tu­tions
  • Busi­ness asso­ci­ations: asso­ci­ations of pro­du­cers, import­ers or dis­trib­ut­ors of machinery (or parts)
  • Company/business organ­isa­tions: man­u­fac­tur­ers, import­ers and dis­trib­ut­ors of machinery (or parts)
  • Con­sumer organ­isa­tions (professionals/workers using machinery, private users of machinery)
  • Envir­on­ment­al organ­isa­tions
  • EU cit­izens
  • Machinery safety con­sult­ants
  • Non-EU cit­izens
  • Non-gov­ern­ment­al organ­isa­tions (NGO)
  • Noti­fied bod­ies
  • Pub­lic author­it­ies (author­it­ies that enforce machinery rules)
  • Stand­ard­isa­tion organ­isa­tions
  • Trade uni­ons
  • Oth­er

If you mar­ket machinery products into the EU and fit into any of the above cat­egor­ies, con­sider tak­ing some time to review the new doc­u­ment and provide your feed­back.

Want to see the impact assess­ment done fol­low­ing the ini­tial pub­lic com­ment peri­od? Down­load the “INCEPTION IMPACT ASSESSMENT” below.

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