The majority of the Directives that require CE marking cover the safety of the product. In the case of machinery, the principal Directive is the Machinery Directive (2006/42/EC). Since many machines contain electrical components or functions, the Low Voltage Directive and the EMC Directive may also be applicable and both of these directives contain additional requirements, which must be satisfied before CE marking can be applied.
The CE marking process is often relatively simple, but requires an interpretation of the requirements of the directives applicable to the product to be marked and, in the case of the Machinery Directive, a risk assessment against the applicable Essential Health and Safety Requirements.
The manufacturer, or their authorised representative in the EU, should declare compliance of the product to the requirements of the applicable directives before placing the CE mark on it and, in so doing, takes legal responsibility for the product. It is therefore important to have some documentary evidence of having interpreted the requirements of the relevant directives and evidence of testing to demonstrate conformity with these requirements.
As a leading testing, certification and technical consultancy, TÜV SÜD offers full support, advice and training on issues relating to the Machinery Directive.
Our expert engineers can give you advice and assistance covering:
- Comprehensive risk assessments against the needs of the Essential Health and Safety Requirements within the Machinery Directive
- Cross referencing risk assessments with all applicable EN Standards for presumed compliance once a control measure has been implemented
- Compilation of the machine’s Technical Construction File
- Raising of a Declaration of Conformity or Declaration of Incorporation
- Testing Methods and Procedures
- Holding the Technical Construction File for both EU and non-EU businesses