The Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC was adopted on June 29, 2006, and had to be implemented in national law by member states by June 29, 2008.
After that, a transitional period of 18 months began for placing machines on the market, taking into account the “old” Directive 98/37/EC.
For machines imported into the EEA and operated or put into service for the first time on or after December 29, 2009, only the new Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC applies, which is mandatory as of December 29, 2009.
The Machinery Directive regulates the requirements for placing machinery, interchangeable equipment and safety components on the market.
The objectives of the EC Machinery Directive are:
- Ensuring the free movement of goods in Europe,
- Reduction of technical barriers to trade in Europe by
- Establish uniform safety requirements,
- Establish uniform formal requirements,
- Abolition of detailed national regulations.
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