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Interpretation Paper "Biogas Plants"

Interpretation paper for the application of the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC on biogas plants

Here you will receive information which is an interpretation of the term "assemblies of machinery" with regard to the application of the Machinery Directive on biogas plants.


In the European Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC (nationally implemented by 9th ProdSV), the term "machinery" is used very broadly and includes machinery as so-called "assemblies of machinery". In practice, problems arise with regard to the application to complex systems.

This interpretative paper provides guidance on the assessment of the extent to which biogas plants fall under the scope of the European Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC and under what conditions this is an assembly of machinery in the sense of the directive.

The paper was prepared by a temporary working group of the Market Surveillance Committee under the auspices of Baden-Württemberg and the participation of Rhineland-Palatinate, Hesse, Lower Saxony, the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS), Unit IIIb5 and the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and decided upon in the 28th meeting of the Market Surveillance Committee (AAMÜ) on May 20 and 21, 2014 in Mainz.

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