Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC, come into force in December 2009, guarantees free circulation of machines and defines the safety and public health requirements machines are subject to during their design, construction and operation, before they are placed on the market.
The Directive applies to machines, interchangeable equipment, safety components, lifting accessories, chains, ropes and belts, mechanical transmission devices, partly-completed machinery, i.e. those assemblies that are unable, on their own, to assure a definite application and are intended to be assembled or incorporated in other machines or other partly-completed machines or equipment intended for construction of a machine.
The Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC extends the obligation of CE Marking to all new products intended for the European Market, regardless of whether they have been constructed in member countries.
Furthermore, all products used and imported from other countries outside Europe and products that are modified beyond routine and extraordinary maintenance are also subject to CE Marking.
The Directive assigns to the manufacturer the legal responsibility for the procedure starting from conformity assessment up to affixing CE Marking – “natural or legal person that designs and/or constructs a machine or partly-completed machine” (ref. art. 2 Legislative Decree 17/10) – or their representative – “in the absence of a manufacturer as defined above, the manufacturer is considered to be the natural or legal person who places on the market or commissions a machine or partly-completed machine”.
ICIM, one of the first Italian certification bodies to have obtained notification for the Machinery Directive, is notified body No. 0425.
To know the categories of products for which ICIM is a notified body, see NANDO – New Approach Notified and Designated Organisations