Last month's newsletter contained an item about to how the new Machinery Directive affects companies outside the European Economic Area. Further clarification of the situation has been provided by consultants at Conformance in this article about how non-EU manufacturers can comply with the new Machinery Directive.
Meanwhile, a meeting of the Machinery Directive Working Group took place in Brussels on 7-8 July and the UK's BIS (Department for Business, Innovation & Skills) report on this can be downloaded from www.berr.gov.uk/files/file52432.pdf (64kB). Two points in particular are worth highlighting here. First, the official guidance on the new Directive is expected to be available by early December and, second, the withdrawal of EN 954 might be delayed. The transition from EN 954 to EN 13849 is not linked directly to the introduction of the new Machinery Directive, but the timing is similar and EN 954 was discussed by the Machinery Directive Working Group. It has been suggested that EN 954 might continue to be accepted while it is still referenced by harmonised standards - for a period of perhaps three or five years. While the European Commission was very receptive to this idea, it is likely that a move to extend the life of EN 954 will face strong resistance from some quarters.
Keep an eye on MachineBuilding.net for further news about the Machinery Directive and safety standards.
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