The Machinery Directive describes standardised health and safety requirements for interaction between man and machine and replaces the host of individual state regulations that existed for machinery safety. The Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC has applied since 29.12.2009.
The practical “Guide to the application of the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC” is used to interpret the text of the Directive. The document makes reference to the technical documentation and the role of risk assessment, among other things. A new version was published by the EU Commission in 2017. The guide can be downloaded on the website of the European Commission.