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CE marking of machinery

Manufacturers & importers have had a legal responsibility to apply CE marking to machinery since 2008, yet the requirements are often poorly understood.

Certain high-risk categories of machinery and machine components need third-party certification to show that designs and manufactured items are safe to use. However lower-risk items may be certified internally by the manufacturer.


CE marking of machinery

When the European Union was founded, one of the aims was to create a single European market by removing trade barriers that existed among the EU Member States. This has been achieved partly through legislation known as the “New Approach” directives, which require CE Marking of certain products that are to be placed on the European market for the first time.

The New Approach Directives are designed to ensure that goods are safe to use and that the standards of safety are the same across the European Trading Block. The HSQE Department works with customers on CE marking of machinery under the Machinery Directive.

The Machinery Directive has been in force in the UK since 2008 through the Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations, which applies to all powered articles. As well as whole machines, these requirements apply to interchangeable equipment, safety components placed independently on the market, lifting accessories, chains, ropes and webbing, removable transmission devices and partly completed machinery. Apart from some high-risk categories of equipment, the organisation that places machinery on the market is responsible for ensuring that design and manufacture meet the required safety standards and must record this through the preparation of a Technical File.

The HSQE Department helps companies to develop the systems needed for CE marking of machinery and manages the certification process where a Notified Body is needed.


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