Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC

In general, in order for a product to be freely placed on the market, it must comply with the safety requirements set by EU directives and required by specific regulations. The EU directives establish that, for certain types of product, the manufacturer needs a specific certification of the product itself before being able to proceed with the sale and placing on the market.
To obtain this certification, it is possible to contact a Notified Body, thus undertaking the path of MANDATORY CERTIFICATION.
Other types of products, on the other hand, do not require mandatory certification. In this case the manufacturer places the product on the market under their own responsibility, ensuring compliance with all the fixed legislative requirements.

The Directive 2006/42/EC of 17 May 2006 was transposed and implemented for Italy by the Legislative Decree of 27 January 2010, No. 17 and entered into force throughout Europe from 29 December 2009.
It defines the safety and public health requirements that machines must meet before they are placed on the market and is applied to the following products:

  • Machines;
  • Interchangeable equipment;
  • Safety components;
  • Lifting accessories;
  • Chains, ropes and belts designed and constructed for lifting purposes as part of lifting machinery or lifting accessories;
  • Removable mechanical transmission devices;
  • Partly completed machinery

In particular, the Machines are checked in accordance with the procedures described in Article 12 and shown below and in particular:

  • If the machine is included in the list of Annex IV of the Directive, the manufacturer must contact a Notified Body requesting the EC Certification of the machine.
    In this case, Vericert, as an authorised Certification Body, will issue one of the following certifications:
    • EC certification according to Annex IX – Type Certification or Single Copy
    • EC certification according to Annex X – Total Quality Guarantee
  • If the machine is not included in the list of Annex IV of the Directive, the manufacturer applies the assessment procedure described in Annex VIII: the Manufacturer elaborates the Technical File of the machine (Ann. VII part A) and ensures compliance with the requirements of the Directive. In this case, the manufacturer may apply to a Notified Body voluntarily requesting the Declaration of Conformityof his product.

Annex IV – List of machines for which the certification procedure is to be applied and for which Vericert is qualified

  • Circular saws (single- or multi-blade) for working with wood and material with similar physical characteristics or for working with meat and material with similar physical characteristics, of the following types:
    • sawing machinery with fixed blade(s) during cutting, having a fixed bed or support with manual feed of the workpiece or with a removable power feed device;
    • sawing machinery with fixed blade(s) during cutting, having a manually operated reciprocating saw-bench or carriage;
    • sawing machinery with fixed blade(s) during cutting, having a built-in mechanical feed device for the workpieces, with manual loading and/or unloading;
    • sawing machinery with movable blade(s) during cutting, having built-in mechanical feed of the blade, with manual loading and/or unloading.
  • Hand-fed surface planing machinery for woodworking.
  • Planing for one-side dressing having a built-in mechanical feed device, with manual loading and/or unloading for woodworking.
  • Band-saws with manual loading and/or unloading for working with wood and material with similar physical characteristics or for working with meat and material with similar physical characteristics, of the following types:
    • sawing machinery with fixed blade(s) during cutting, having a fixed or reciprocating-movement bed or support for the workpiece;
    • sawing machinery with blade(s) assembled on a carriage with reciprocating motion.
  • Combined machinery of the types referred to in points 1 to 4 and in point 7 for working with wood and material with similar physical characteristics.
  • Hand-fed tenoning machines with several tool holders for woodworking.
  • Hand-fed vertical spindle moulding machinery for woodworking and material with similar physical characteristics.
  • Portable chainsaws for woodworking.
  • Presses, including press-brakes, for the cold working of metals, with manual loading and/or unloading, whose movable working parts may have a range exceeding 6 mm and a speed exceeding 30 mm/s.
  • Injection or compression plastics-moulding machinery with manual loading or unloading.
  • Injection or compression rubber-moulding machines with manual loading or unloading.
  • Machinery for underground working of the following types:
    • locomotives and brake-trucks;
    • hydraulic self-propelled framework.
  • Manually-loaded trucks for the collection of household refuse incorporating a compression mechanism.
  • Removable mechanical transmission devices including their guards.
  • Guards for removable mechanical transmission devices.
  • Vehicles servicing lifts.
  • Devices for the lifting of people or of people and goods involving a hazard of falling from a vertical height of more than three metres.
  • Portable cartridge-operated fixing and other impact machinery.
  • Protective devices designed to detect the presence of people.
  • Power-operated interlocking movable guards designed to be used as safeguards in machinery referred to in points 9, 10 and 11.
  • Logic units to ensure safety functions.
  • Roll-over protective structures (ROPS).
  • Falling-object protective structures (FOPS).

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