May 27, 2009
The Machinery Directive is the core European legislation regulating the mechanical engineering industry.
It provides the regulatory basis for the harmonisation of the essential health and safety requirements for machinery at the level of the entire European Union.
The existing Machinery Directive (98/37/EC) will remain applicable until the 29th December 2009. A revised Machinery Directive (2006/42/EC) of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 May 2006 on machinery, was published on 9th June 2006 and will be applicable from 29th December 2009: until that date, the current Machinery Directive 98/37/EC continues to apply [more]
The main activity of Orgalime in the area of machinery is at the present moment the coordination of the Guidelines of the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC, which are currently being drafted by the Editorial Group.
The Editorial Group is an official body set up by the European Commission, which is responsible for writing the first draft texts with guidelines on 2006/42/EC.
The Editorial Group is composed of the European Commission and experts from Member States and stakeholders. Orgalime is a member of the Editorial Group (2 seats) as the sole industry representative and is in charge of delivering previously co-ordinated and agreed-upon industrial input and views into the Editorial Group. The drafts of the Editorial Group need to be formally adopted by the European Commission’s Machinery Directive Standing Committee in order to become official. The foreseen date of the official adoption is not known yet (dependant on the pace of discussion on the drafts which is still on-going). Once adopted, the Guidelines will serve as the adequate interpretative document to this key piece of legislation. Indeed, while the Guidelines will not be legally binding, they will nevertheless provide manufacturers with relevant advice on adequate understanding and implementation of the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC.
Orgalime’s Machinery Directive Core Group focuses on discussion of positions with all relevant industry sectors and co-ordination and agreement on industry’s views which are subsequently submitted and defended towards the European Commission and the Editorial Group.
Orgalime industry’s input to the drafting process of the Guidelines on the new Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC is set up in the form of fiches and position papers drafted by industry experts after extensive analysis.
Most of the proposals made in the Orgalime fiches and position papers have been either totally or partially taken on board by the Editorial group. They constitute therefore a useful instrument to have an overview of problem areas and proposed interpretations.
Please beware however that they do not constitute official guidelines as such. Get your copyAuthor : EngineerComms