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CE marking and the 2006 EU Machinery Directive Where can

The Machinery Directive (2006/42/EC) is intended to harmonise the rules Governing the sale of machinery within the EU, while guaranteeing the highest possible level of safety for consumers and workers. It entered into force on 29 December 2009.

The Directive covers machinery, interchangeable equipment, safety components, lifting accessories, chains, ropes and webbing for lifting purposes and removable mechanical transmission devices. It also includes requirements for partly completed machinery. Annex I of the Directive sets out in detail the essential health and safety requirements for the products covered.

An amendment to the Directive was agreed in 2009 introducing new requirements for machinery for pesticide application, which must be designed and manufactured in such a way as to minimise the unintended dispersal of pesticides in the environment. This amendment becomes applicable on 15 December 2011.

On the road to CE marking – conformity assessment

For machinery that does not fall under one of the 23 categories listed in Annex IV of the Directive, the manufacturer himself (or his authorised representative in the EU) carries out internal checks on the manufacture of the machinery. If a product falls under one of those 23 categories, the manufacturer has the option of carrying out internal checks on the product only if he has applied in full harmonised European standards covering all of the relevant health and safety requirements.

If this is not the case, then the conformity of the product must be assessed through either the EC-type examination (plus internal checks) or the full quality assurance procedure. These procedures require the involvement of notified Bodies and are explained in Annexes IX and X of the Directive.

Once the conformity assessment is complete, the manufacturer must affix the CE marking to the product – ‘visibly, legibly and indelibly’ in accordance with the specific instructions set out in Annex III of the Directive. The manufacturer must also draw up the EC Declaration of Conformity and ensure that it accompanies the machinery.


  • Machinery
  • Interchangeable equipment
  • Safety components
  • Lifting accessories
  • Removable mechanical transmission devices
  • Chains, ropes and webbings
  • Partly completed machinery
    For more information, See details for "1 of Article 1 in Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC"

Finding the relevant European Harmonised Standards

The first step a manufacturer should take to ensure that equipment will be compliant with the Directive is to check which European Harmonised Standards are applicable. A list of harmonised standards for electromagnetic compatibility can be found on the relevant page of the European Commission’s Enterprise and Industry website.

Need more information?

The European Commission has launched a one-stop-shop web portal with all the information you need on CE marking:

Download Directive 2006/42/EC on Machinery

For further information on the MD Directive 2006/42/EC please visit the DG ENTR webpage dedicated to this sector by following this link :

For a further look at the harmonized standards for machinery please visit :