Technical articles, news and publications on CE marking
Proprietors of trademarks should closely examine the judgment of 7 July 2022 (C-264/21), in which the ECJ commented on the product liability of the so-called ‘quasi-manufacturer’. Namelythe person who does not actually manufacture a product but is nevertheless liable as the producer because he presents himself as its producer by putting his name, trademark or other distinguishing feature on the product. Dr Astrid Seehafer, attorney-at-law at ARQIS, has assessed the implications of this judgment for us.
A new CE regulation on cyber resilience? A new legislative proposal from the EU Commission aims to make digital products (such as also machines, IoT devices, but also pure software) more secure in the future. In our brief overview, we have summarized some cornerstones of the proposed legislation for you.
DGUV Test, the testing and certification system of the German Social Accident Insurance, takes a position on the subject of control systems for machines in accordance with EN ISO 13849. The statement shows whether electrical components can meet the same functional safety requirements as comparable components.
"If you say too much, you're out": This sentence can summarise the appearance of an expert witness in a material defect trial of a machine. In the trial, the expert was not allowed to point out defects such as a missing CE marking or German operating instructions. Instead, in such a process, experts must limit themselves to core contents and not address any formal obligations arising from EU directives. Prof. Dr. Thomas Wilrich has summarised the situation and the outcome of the case for us in a technical article.
What is the significance of the Radio Equipment Directive for mechanical engineering? According to the directive, the fixed installation of a radio equipment already defines a machine as a radio system. In our technical article, you will learn some background information on the interaction of the Machinery and the Radio Equipment Directive.
The list of harmonised standards giving presumption of conformity for the EMC directive 2014/30/EU has been updated: 2022-06-10
The list of harmonised standards giving presumption of conformity for the ATEX directive 2014/34/EU has been updated: 2022-05-19
The list of harmonised standards giving presumption of conformity for the EMC directive 2014/30/EU has been updated: 2022/04/13
The list of harmonised standards giving presumption of conformity for the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC has been updated: 2022/04/13
To what extend does the Radio Equipment Directive need to consider aspects as cybersecurity and data protection? The Delegated Regulation 2022/30 has amended the Directive 2014/53/EU concerning this matter. In our short overview we have collected some background information about the legal act.
Essential requirements of directives and standards: the meaning of annex ZA, ZB or ZZ in harmonised standards
How does a harmonized standard communicate which essential requirements of the underlying directive shall be met? Herefore the European Organisations of Standardisation CEN and CENELEC generate an informative annex ZA/ZZ. Our technical article is giving some background information about development, strucutre and possible denominations of such annexes.
The European organizations for standardization CEN and CENELEC have published a position paper on the European Commission's draft for a new Machinery Regulation. In our overview we sum up to what extend CEN and CENELEC see their interests represented by the draft and why they critizise the standards-related contents of the Commission's proposal.
The list of harmonised standards giving presumption of conformity for the ATEX directive 2014/34/EU has been updated: 2021-08-26
The EU Commission published a proposal for a new, European Regulation that deals with Artificial Intelligence (AI). In this technical article we inform about the need for regulation for AI systems, the risk assessments planned by the Commission and to what extend the regulation is intended to be a supplement to the new Machinery Regulation.
On 01.04.2021 appeared an amendment to the standard EN ISO 7010:2020 (Graphical symbols - Safety colors and safety signs) revised last fall. A brief information about the changes of autumn 2020 and April 2021 can be found here.
Proposal for a European Machinery Regulation as successor to the Machinery Directive published! Find out how the draft affects the topics of artificial intelligence, substantial change, digital operating instructions, cobots and cyber security in a brief overview of the planned changes.
ISO, the International Organization of Standardization, has created the ICS catalogue system, which facilitates the classification and finding of standards. In this article, you will find the details regarding this system and how the search for standards can be improved.
New standards for the directive 2011/65/EU on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment was published: 2020-18-05
Important facts about safety distances to avoid crushing of limbs. Which safety distances must be observed when designing machines. The new standards EN ISO 13854 and EN ISO 13857 provide an important fundament for this.
EN ISO 20607 "Safety of machinery - Instruction handbook - General drafting principles" is now listed as a harmonized standard to the Machinery Directive
The standard for the development of instruction handbooks for machinery (EN ISO 20607) was published in the EU Official Journal. What this means and how the standard interacts with EN 82079-1.
Recently the publication of harmonized standards within the Official Journal of the EU occurs via amendments (by means of Implementing Decisions). In the meantime, consolidated lists ("summary lists") have been published for different EU-directives. In this technical article you will find an overview containing the consolidated lists for the directives on machinery, low voltage, electromagnetic compatibility (EMC), pressure equipment, equipment for explosive atmoshperes (ATEX) and restriciton of hazardous substances (ROHS).
The EU Commission has revised the guidelines for the Machinery Directive and published the new version 2.2 on November 6, 2019. Here we provide you with a list of what we consider to be the most important changes in the guide.
With their daily decisions, designers significantly influence the safety of machines and systems. This article provides an overview of the most important legal obligations that designers must at least fulfill in the product development process.
The EU Commission has revised the guidelines for the Machinery Directive and published the new version 2.1 on July 19, 2017. We provide you a list of what we believe to be the most important changes to the guide.
Risk assessment according to the Low Voltage Directive: CE marking of electrical devices - legal obligation to assess risks
After the transition period for EU directives expired on April 20, 2016, which were published in the Alignment Package of the EU Official Journal L 96, and no corresponding harmonized standard was published in the course of this, which regulates the procedure for carrying out risk assessments according to the low-voltage directive, this article is intended to answer the question whether the standard EN ISO 12100 harmonized according to the Machinery Directive can also be applied to products that are subject to the Low Voltage Directive.
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