Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC

What is the Machinery Directive?

The revised Machinery Directive, which came into effect on 29 December 2009, covers the manufacturing of machinery that is placed on the market or put into use within the European Economic Area.

What does the directive cover?

The directive covers a wide range of machinery. Machinery is defined as: "an assembly of linked parts or components, at least one of which moves, with the appropriate actuators, control and power circuits, etc. joined together for a specific application, in particular for the processing, treatment, moving or packaging of a material."

It also covers an assembly of machines, interchangeable equipment modifying the function of a machine and 'safety components'.

The directive defines ‘Machinery’ as:

  • an assembly, fitted with or intended to be fitted with a drive system other than directly applied human or animal effort, consisting of linked parts or components, at least one of which moves, and which are joined together for a specific application,
  • an assembly referred to in the first indent, missing only the components to connect it on site or to sources of energy and motion,
  • an assembly referred to in the first and second indents, ready to be installed and able to function as it stands only if mounted on a means of transport, or installed in a building or a structure,
  • assemblies of machinery referred to in the first, second and third indents or partly completed machinery which, in order to achieve the same end, are arranged and controlled so that they function as an integral whole,
  • an assembly of linked parts or components, at least one of which moves and which are joined together, intended for lifting loads and whose only power source is directly applied human effort

Lloyd's Register Verification Limited is a Notified Body for the Machinery Directive which enables us to carry out all work associated with the approval of Annex IV machinery, including:

  • reviewing a technical construction file
  • EC Certificate of Adequacy
  • EC Type Examination (Module B)
  • EC Quality Assurance (Module H)

Lloyd's Register Verification Limited is also a competent body and we can assist the manufacturer with self certification for non-Annex IV machinery.

The following gives examples of some of the areas in which we can assist:

  • reviewing a technical construction file for compliance
  • reviewing applicable essential health & safety requirements
  • reviewing stated compliance with the essential health & safety requirements
  • review of instruction manual
  • reviewing compliance with specific EN standards
  • inspecting and testing of the machinery.