Machine Directive Quality Systems 2006/42/EC

Benefit from Simplified Certification

The Machinery Directive is a set of rules defined by the European Union and aimed at machinery manufacturers in order to ensure the distribution of safe products for the user. This Directive defines the essential safety and health requirements that all machinery must satisfy: they must bear the CE mark on them and must be accompanied by appropriate documentation.

The Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC applies to all types of machinery and their components placed separately on the market.

TÜV Rheinland offers trainings regarding this topics, aimed at professionals who contribute in the design, maintenance or use of industrial machinery.

Benefits at a Glance

With certification of your quality assurance system by TÜV Rheinland you can:

  • Guarantee comprehensive quality assurance of your industrial machines
  • Prove that you are actively aware of the necessity to prevent accidents
  • Improve your market position with speedier product introduction
  • Document implementation of legal requirements with audit reports and certificates
  • Benefit from short audit times and our extensive experience

Applying the new Machinery Directive

The following industrial machines can be certified with the simplified conformity evaluation procedure:

  • Machines
  • Adaptable equipment
  • Load carrying devices
  • Chains, ropes, and belts
  • Detachable drive lines
  • Incomplete machines, such as gear systems

Two Steps to Certification of your Quality Assurance System

1. Preliminary Audit (optional)

Our employees will inspect whether your company's systems conform with the conformity evaluation procedure in an optional preliminary audit.

2. Complete Conformity Evaluation Procedure, Annex X Audit and Certification

According to annex X, your company requires a quality assurance system for machine production in the following areas:

  • Development
  • Manufacture
  • Final inspection
  • Audit

As an appointed body, we will carry out a survey of your quality assurance system. It has to warrant that your machines cohere with the basic requirements of the directive, particularly in the fields of safety and ergonomics.

The New 2006/42/EC Machinery Directive (Annex X)

The recently reformed 2006/42/EC machinery directive (annex X) states the following: besides numerous technical changes for manufacturers of annex IV products, there is now an alternative procedure for conformity evaluation. The time- and cost-intensive prototype audit required for all annex IV listed products is no longer necessary. As of now, you can authorize TÜV Rheinland, an appointed testing institute, to issue the CE Mark following careful audit and documentation. The prerequisite for this is a certified, comprehensive quality assurance system that concurs with annex X of the directive. Issuing of the annex X certificate has been possible since December 29, 2009.