New Machinery Regulation Approved

On April 18, 2023, the European Parliament approved the new Machinery Regulation, which will replace the current Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC.

The entry into force is expected 20 days after publication in the Official Gazette, anticipated within the first semester of 2023, but it will become effective and directly applicable 42 months after entering into force, allowing member states to adapt.

The goal is to adapt to new emerging technologies and related issues.

What are the innovations?

  • The new regulation will apply not only to new products but also to substantial modifications.
  • There will be the integration of the roles of importer and manufacturer.
  • Digital components, including software, will be introduced into the scope, considered as safety components.
  • Software must be CE marked and accompanied by a EU Declaration of Conformity.
  • The regulation will apply to systems using artificial intelligence technologies, with specific sections for autonomous mobile machines without drivers (such as AGVs).
  • Cybersecurity will be addressed: control circuits performing safety functions must be designed to prevent malicious attacks from causing dangerous machine behavior.
  • The human-machine interaction theme will be deepened to address new solutions ensuring safety in collaborative applications.
  • The CE Declaration will be replaced by the EU Declaration.

Soon, the AP Engineering course schedule on the new Regulation will be available online.

You can download the new text on the Machinery Regulation approved by the European Parliament here.

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