Machinery Directive: Orgalim's response to the Open Public Consultation on the revision of the Directive 2006/42/EC on machinery
Published: 30 August 2019
Policies & Issues: Internal Market - Product Safety Legislation
Orgalim’s contribution to the European Commission’s Online Public Consultation on the review of the Machinery Directive (see the consultation page here) reiterates that industry does not need a revision of the legislation, which is working very well despite the new technologies that are increasingly being integrated into machines.
Manufacturers have longstanding experience with the current Machinery Directive and are used to performing the various steps required before placing a machine on the market. Any changes to the legislation would create a considerable financial and administrative burden as companies would be forced to adapt to the new rules. Furthermore, a review of Annex I of the Directive would de facto mean having to change the 830 standards developed under this piece of legislation.
On 28 August Orgalim participated in a semi-structured interview with the consultant from the VVA consortium charged with conducting the impact assessment on behalf of the Commission, providing the opportunity to develop our answers to the written consultation and put more focus on specific topics. We also had the chance to insist that our manufacturers need legal stability from an economic point of view in an increasingly turbulent global environment.
Once the interview stage of the consultation is concluded, the consultant will prepare a presentation of the Impact Assessment initial findings for the next Commission Machinery Directive Working Group on 2 and 3 December.
Download the document above to read our full response to the Online Public Consultation.
Manager - Technical Regulation
Adviser - Internal Market