The Guide to application of Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC has been updated in July 2017. This updated Edition 2.1 is intended as a living document, edited and updated with new guidance once approved by the Machinery Working Group.


The purpose of the Guide is to provide explanations of the concepts and requirements of Directive 2006/42/EC to ensure a uniform application in the EU. The Guide provides information about other related EU legislation. It is addressed to the parties involved in applying the Machinery Directive: 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. However 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. The 2nd Edition also includes a thematic index to facilitate consultation of the Guide. This updated Edition 2.1 is intended to be a living document.

The Guide takes into account the amendment to Directive 2006/42/EC introduced by Regulation (EC) No 569/2009and the provisions of Regulation (EC) No 765/2008 relating to market surveillance, which apply in a complementary way.

The Guide to application of Machinery Directive is available here.