E’ uscita la nuova edizione della linea guida alla direttiva macchine 2006/42/CE “Guide to application of the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC – Edition 2.3 – April 2024 (Update of 2nd Edition)”.

Di seguito si riporta la descrizione ufficiale:

“Directive 2006/42/EC is a revised version of the Machinery Directive, the first version of which was adopted in 1989. The new Machinery Directive has been applicable since 29th December 2009. The Directive has the dual aim of harmonising the health and safety requirements applicable to machinery on the basis of a high level of protection of health and safety, while ensuring the free circulation of machinery on the EU market. The revised Machinery Directive does not introduce radical changes compared with the previous versions. It clarifies and consolidates the provisions of the Directive with the aim of improving its practical application.

While, at the time, Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC was being discussed by the Council and the European Parliament, the Commission agreed to prepare a Guide to its application. The purpose of the Guide being to provide explanations of the concepts and requirements of Directive 2006/42/EC in order to ensure uniform interpretation and application throughout the EU. The Guide also provides information about other related EU legislation. It is addressed to all of the parties involved in applying the Machinery Directive, including machinery manufacturers, importers and distributors, Notified Bodies, standardisers, occupational health and safety and consumer protection agencies and officials of the relevant national administrations and market surveillance authorities. It may also be of interest to lawyers and to students of EU law in the fields of the internal market, occupational health and safety and consumer protection.

It should be stressed that only the Machinery Directive and the texts implementing its provisions into national law are legally binding.

The 2nd Edition of the Guide was endorsed by the Machinery Committee on 2 June 2010. In comparison with the 1st Edition, it was completed with comments on Annexes III to XI of the Machinery Directive. Some errors noticed by readers have been corrected. Legal references and terms have been updated in line with the Lisbon Treaty – in particular, where the Directive refers to ‘the Community’, the Guide now refers to ‘the EU’.

Following discussion with the industry, the comments relating to chains, ropes and webbing for lifting purposes in §44, §330, § 340, §341, and §357 have been revised in order to clarify the practical application of the requirements relating to these products.

The 2nd Edition also includes a thematic index to facilitate consultation of the Guide. The numbering of the sections of the Guide is unchanged.

The Guide takes account of the amendment to Directive 2006/42/EC introduced by Regulation (EC) No 569/2009 relating to the regulatory procedure with scrutiny for the Machinery Committee. It also takes account of the provisions of Regulation (EC) No 765/2008 relating to market surveillance, which apply in a complementary way.

The 1st update to the 2nd Edition of the Guide (Edition 2.1) has been completed to include the amendments made to the Machinery Directive by the Directive 2009/127/EC on Pesticide Equipment and the Regulation (EU) No 167/2013 on the approval and market surveillance of agricultural and forestry vehicles (Tractors). In addition, guidance on “partly completed machinery” and “assemblies” has been added, as well as inserting clarifications and corrections to the concepts of “safety components’’, “new and used machinery”, “marking of machinery”. A number of key guidance decisions of the Machinery Working Group have been incorporated into this text.

The 2nd update (Edition 2.2) contained a number of clarifications and corrections to the concepts of “safety components” and “partly completed machinery”, and some edits to ensure coherence with the LVD Guide. There are two newly added paragraphs about the machinery control units (§417) and safety components which are considered to be logic units (§418).

This 3rd update (Edition 2.3) contains provisions on instructions for use and EC Declaration of Conformity, as well as the assembly instructions for partly completed machinery and Declaration of Incorporation when provided in digital format. They refer to Articles in the new Machinery Regulation (EU) 2023/1230 that entered into force on 19 July 2023 and that will apply as from 20 January 2027.

The Guide is published on the Commission’s Website EUROPA in English. This updated Edition 2.3 is intended to be a living document, edited and updated with new guidance once approved by the Machinery Working Group. It might be made available in other EU languages, but only the English version will be checked by the Commission. Therefore, in case of doubt, the English version should be taken as the reference.

The Guide can be downloaded and is presented in a printable format. The text of the Directive is presented in boxed red italic type – the comments follow in black type.

The Guide has been prepared with the help of an Editorial Group. The previous updates of the 2nd Edition have been carried out by the Commission, assisted by members of the Editorial Group plus external consultancy3. This Update has been prepared by the Commission services based on the input from the Commission Expert Group on Machinery.

The Commission services are responsible for the content of the Guide. Users are invited to inform the authors about any comments and necessary corrections

Fonte: CE

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