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October 2016

The European Commission launched a public consultation on the Machinery Directive

Today the European Commission published a public consultation on the evaluation of the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC.

The consultation consists of an online questionnaire available in 6 official languages of the European Union: German, English, Spanish, French, Italian and Polish. It runs during 12 weeks, from 22 September until 16 December 2016.

Background information and the questionnaire are accessible through this link:

Access the questionnaire on EUSurvey

Privacy statement


This open consultation concerns the evaluation of the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC.

The Machinery Directive aims to facilitate the functioning of the internal market for machinery while ensuring a high level of health and safety protection for machinery users (workers, consumers and other exposed persons) as well as environment protection for machinery used in pesticide applications. It defines mandatory essential health and safety requirements for machinery placed on the market or put into service within the EU (expressed by means of CE marking), and sets out requirements for associated conformity assessment, monitoring and enforcement procedures.

Examples of products covered by the Machinery Directive include small hand held power tools, gardening machinery, construction machinery, industrial robots, etc.

The provisions of this Directive have been incorporated into national laws. This consultation asks for your experience of the Directive as applied directly, and also as implemented through national laws. For simplicity however, we will refer to both as Machinery Directive in the questionnaire.

The information you provide will be used strictly in accordance with the provisions of Regulation (EC) No 45/2001 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the Community institutions and bodies and on the free movement of such data. The content of your contribution and identity will be published on the Internet, unless you ask to remain anonymous.

For further information, please contact the Machinery functional e-mail box:

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