The eu machinery directive 2006/42/EC

Achieve compliance with 2006/42/EC and ensure the safety of your mechanical equipment

Achieve compliance with 2006/42/EC and ensure the safety of your mechanical equipment


The European Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC was introduced to establish broad safety objectives for manufacturers and distributors of a wide range of mechanical equipment. The EU Machinery Directive requires manufacturers to demonstrate that their products comply with the various EU regulations related to the machinery they produce.

Independent certification providers help manufacturers with the testing process and can help approve their products. Once approved, a CE mark can be applied to the product, which permits distribution in the EU and European Economic Area (EEA).

Complying with the European Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC is obligatory for any manufacturer or distributor that hopes to sell their products in the EU or the EEA. Failure to comply can result in fines and product recalls and could lead to you being banned from distributing in Europe.


machinery directive 2006/42/ecTÜV SÜD is an EU Notified Body authorized to evaluate products for compliance with the EU Machinery Directive. Our technical experts have vast experience of testing and certifying a wide range of machinery and mechanical products to ensure they comply with the European Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC.

We stay up to date with all the latest regulations, so you can be confident that your products will be compliant. We have a global network of state-of-the-art laboratories where we carry out relevant testing and certification, and we can also carry out inspections on your premises. Therefore, your products get certified fast, allowing you to quickly deliver your products to market.

We offer the following services to help machinery and machine product manufacturers and their agents gain access to the EU machinery market:

  • Regulatory Requirements – we can interpret how the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC applies to your product and advise you on relevant regulation
  • CE Marking – we produce reports and technical documentation, as well as offering a CE marking service
  • Product Construction Analysis – including general construction and assembly, protective earthing connections, electrical, mechanical and fire enclosure requirements, and marking and labelling
  • Protection Against Electric Shock – we test for isolation barriers and creepage and clearance distances
  • Documentation Review – including safety of critical components, flammability ratings for plastics and other materials, and user, installation and service instructions

Download the Full EU Machinery Directive Document


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