by Sandra Tiah
The European Commission launched a public consultation on September 22, 2016, on the evaluation of the Machinery Directive (Directive 2006/42/EC), which aims to promote the free movement of machinery within the EU, and to ensure a high level of protection for workers and other exposed individuals. This Directive, which covers the use of small hand-held power tools, construction machinery, industrial robots, etc., lays out mandatory health and safety requirements for machinery placed on the market or put into service within the EU, as well as requirements for conformity assessment, monitoring, and enforcement procedures. The purpose of this consultation is to obtain feedback on the general application of this Directive, as well as its implementation into Member State legislation.
The consultation period ends on December 16, 2016.