Who needs to Comply with the Machinery Directive?

Who needs to Comply with the Machinery Directive?

05/02/2018 10:08 / Posted by admin

Who needs to Comply with the Machinery Directive?

The Machinery Directive, also commonly known as the Machinery ‘Safety’ Directive or MSD, applies with a few notable exceptions to all machinery.  Machinery is commonly defined as an assembly of linked parts or components, at least one of which moves, joined together for a specific application.  It can also refer to an assembly of machines which, in order to achieve the same end, are arranged and controlled so that they function as an integral whole.
Any machine has the potential to fall within the scope of the MSD and the vast majority of manufacturers of machinery sold or used within the European Union need to ensure that their products comply with its requirements.  Manufacturers who do so can affix a valid CE Marking to their products to indicate conformity.

>> CE certification requirements – CE certification notified body
>> CE standard
>> Using the CE marking


The Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC (formerly 98/37/EC) is one of a series of measures introduced under Article 100a of the Treaty of Rome. Article 100a directives all have the primary objective of creating a single European market in goods and services with the objective of providing producers and consumers with the benefits of economies of scale that this offers.

The effect of the Directive has been to introduce identical requirements for machinery safety in every country within the European Economic Area (EEA).

The Directive provides for a widely applicable framework for safety assessment and even when it is not strictly applicable, it can provide a good basis for risk assessment and documentation in order to demonstrate due diligence on the part of a manufacturer or supplier.


Machinery directive applies to machinery as well as interchangeable equipment, safety components, lifting accessories, chains/ropes/webbing, removable mechanical transmission devices and partly completed machinery.
Machinery that is covered by more specific directives is excluded from the scope. This includes:

• agricultural and forestall tractors

• motor vehicles and their trailers

• certain electric and electronic products such as household appliances or office equipment