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Eight new directives for the field of machinery safety

Low Voltage Directive 2014/35/EC and EMC Directive 2014/30/EC: Changes in the Official Journal published by the EU Commission, with eight newly revised directives.

The EU Commission has published eight newly revised directives in the EU Official Journal L 96, dated 29 March 2014. Application of the new directives will become binding from 20 April 2016. The new Low Voltage Directive 2014/35/EC and EMC Directive 2014/30/EC are particularly relevant for machine builders and operators.


Low Voltage Directive and EMC Directive revised

The Low Voltage Directive and EMC Directive have been revised and modified mainly to align them with other directives under a new legislative framework. Here's an overview of the most important changes in the two directives:

  • It is now clearly established that the necessary documentation must be stored and kept available for 10 years.
     
  • Documentation should be written in a language that will be understood by local authorities and by the end users of a plant or machine.
     
  • If possible, the postal address of the manufacturer must be stated on the machine.
     
  • Importers / distributors must inform market surveillance authorities and the relevant national authorities if any safety or compliance problems occur or are presumed.


Overview of the revised directives

According to the current Official Journal, the directives below have also been revised:

  • Lifts Directive 2014/33/EC
  • ATEX Directive 2014/34/EC
  • Pressure Equipment Directive 2014/68/EC
  • Directive for Non-Automatic Weighing Instruments 2014/31/EC
  • Measuring Instruments Directive 2014/32/EC
  • Civil Explosives Directive 2014/28/EC


Further information:

Official Journal L96 dated 29 March 2014 to download

Safety Compendium with information on the application of standards