Brexit Update: UK Designated Standards for Machinery

Dated 1 January 2021, the UK Government published a consolidated list of Standards for Machinery, supporting the Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008 (S.I 2008/1597). You can view it by clicking on the link above to access MachineBuilding’s unique Guide. At some point in 2022, the EU will publish updates to the current Machinery Directive and this will also be available here.


Download the updated Guide to the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC by clicking HERE

Machinery standards update issued by HM Government on 1st January 2021

References to machinery standards are published on the following basis

A-type standards 

A-type standards specify basic concepts, terminology and design principles applicable to all categories of machinery. Application of such standards alone, although providing an essential framework for the correct application of S.I. 2008/1597, is not sufficient to ensure conformity with the relevant essential health and safety requirements of S.I. 2008/1597 and therefore does not give a full presumption of conformity. 

B-type standards 

B-type standards deal with specific aspects of machinery safety or specific types of safeguard that can be used across a wide range of categories of machinery. Application of the specifications of B-type standards confers a presumption of conformity with the essential health and safety requirements of S.I. 2008/1597 that they cover when a C-type standard or the manufacturer's risk assessment shows that a technical solution specified by the B-type standard is adequate for the particular category or model of machinery concerned. Application of B-type standards that give specifications for safety components that are independently placed on the market confers a presumption of conformity for the safety components concerned and for the essential health and safety requirements covered by the standards. 

C-type standards 

C-type standards provide specifications for a given category of machinery. The different types of machinery belonging to the category covered by a C-type standard have a similar intended use and present similar hazards. C-type standards may refer to A or B-type standards, indicating which of the specifications of the A or B-type standard are applicable to the category of machinery concerned. When, for a given aspect of machinery safety, a C-type standard deviates from the specifications of an A or B-type standard, the specifications of the C-type standard take precedence over the specifications of the A or B-type standard. 

Application of the specifications of a C-type standard on the basis of the manufacturer’s risk assessment confers a presumption of conformity with the essential health and safety requirements of S.I. 2008/1597 covered by the standard. Certain C-type standards are organised as a series of several parts, Part 1 of the standard giving general specifications applicable to a family of machinery and other parts of the standard giving specifications for specific categories of machinery belonging to the family, supplementing or modifying the general specifications of Part 1. For C-type standards organised in this way, the presumption of conformity with the essential health and safety requirements of S.I. 2008/1597 is conferred by application of the general Part 1 of the standard together with the relevant specific part of the standard.

For the full document on the UK Government website, click here.

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