Anyone who manufactures or imports “machines” is subject to the Machines Directive (2006/42/EC). This directive aims to achieve a high level of safety and protection of health for the users who participate in operating the machine.

But not every product that is called a machine, such as a kitchen machine, is subject to this directive. Thus one first has to check whether a given device is a “machine” in the legal sense and, if so, which catalogue of requirements for this machine applies in Germany and which applies in Europe. This leads to various approaches for day-to-day operations.

Quite a number of machines within the meaning of this directive can also be found in private households, for example: lawn mowers, compressors, drills, electric hedge clippers and circular saws.

Legislation (Selection)

Directive 2001/95/EC – Product Safety
Directive 2006/42/EC - Machines Directive
Regulation (EC) 1907/2006 – REACH
Regulation (EC) 1272/2008 – CLP

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