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Interpretation EU

Interpretation of the Machinery Directive by the Machinery Working Group of the European Commission

This page provides an interpretation of the individual aspects of the Machinery Directive by the Machinery Working Group of the European Commission.

The Machinery Working Group of the European Commission regularly conducts consultations on current issues concerning the application of the Machinery Directive.

The Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (Bundesanstalt für Arbeitsschutz und Arbeitsmedizin, BAuA) is involved in the Machinery Working Group.

This page collects the results of these discussions, which are an interpretation of the individual aspects of the Machinery Directive.
This interpretation is not legally binding. It supports a uniform application of the Directive in Europe.

Guideline to the Machine Directive 2006/42/EC:

Guide to application of the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC [Edition 2.1 July 2017, Ed.: EU Commission]

List of lifting accessories related to the Machinery Directive:

Classification of equipment used for lifting loads with lifting machinery [Ed.: EU Commission]

Interchangeable equipment for lifting persons:

Interchangeable equipment for lifting persons and equipment used with machinery designed for lifting goods for the purpose of lifting persons [Ed.: EU Commission]

Manually loaded trucks for the collection of household refuse incorporating a compression mechanism:

Manually loaded trucks for the collection of household refuse incorporating a compression mechanism - interpretation of the term "manually loaded" in relation to the scope of Annex IV 13 [Ed.: EU Commission]

Interchangeable equipment to be assembled with industrial trucks:

Industrial trucks and equipment for handling loads [Ed.: EU Commission] (PDF, 326 KB)

Protocols of the meetings of the Machinery Working Group:

European Commission: Protocols of the meetings of the Machinery Working Group