Directive 2006/42/EC enables machinery that meets its health and safety requirements to be moved freely throughout the EU. This means that workers and the public are protected when they use or come into contact with machinery. It only applies to products when they are first placed on the EU market.

Legal act

Directive 2006/42/EC

Consolidated act


Legal act repealed

Directive 98/37/EC

Directive 89/392/EEC


Guide to application of the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC - Edition 2.1, July 2017

Previous Guidelines

Guidance on the application of the essential health and safety requirements on ergonomics set out in section 1.1.6 of Annex I to the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC, Ref. 25 March 2015

National references

Harmonisation standards

Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2019/436 of 18 March 2019 on the harmonised standards for machinery drafted in support of Directive 2006/42/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council C/2019/1932 - OJ L 75, 19 March 2019, p. 108–119

Commission communication in the framework of the implementation of the Directive 2006/42/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 May 2006 on machinery, and amending Directive 95/16/EC (recast) - OJ C 092 of 9 March 2018


Guidance on CE marking for professionals

Commission Staff Working Document - Evaluation of the Machinery Directive, 07 May 2018

Evaluation Study of Directive 2006/42/EC on Machinery, September 2017

Machinery: update of the Guide to application of Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC

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