New standards lists released for the EU’s Machinery Directive

The Commission of the European Union (EU) has issued an updated list of standards that can be used to demonstrate compliance with the essential requirements of its Directive 2006/42/EC, the current version of the so-called Machinery Directive.

The EU’s Machinery Directive defines the essential health and safety requirements for a wide range of products, including machinery and partly completed machinery; lifting accessories; chains, ropes and webbing; interchangeable equipment; removable mechanical transmission devices; and safety components.

The Directive’s scope specifically excludes electrical and electronic products covered under Directive 73/23/EEC (the so-called Low Voltage Directive), including household appliances, audio and video equipment, informational technology equipment and ordinary office machinery.

The extensive list of CEN and Cenelec standards for the Machinery Directive was published in May in the Official Journal of the European Union and replaces all previously published standards lists for the Directive.

View the revised list of standards for the EU’s Directive 2006/42/EC, the Machinery Directive. can be viewed at .

View a brief correction to the May 26th standards list for the EU’s Machinery Directive, published on June 11th.