The Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC and Lifts Directive 2014/33/EU are within the scope of the 'new approach'. The major task of CEN's technical committees working in the machinery sector is the development of standards supporting the essential safety requirements of these directives.

CEN and CENELEC contact person: Joanna Frankowska

News and events

  • Advisory Nucleus Machinery Safety (Sector Forum) meetings - next meeting scheduled for 21 February 2019.

CEN TC/67 chairman receives the IFAN Award 2017

The Georges Garel Award 2017 from the International Federation of Standards Users (IFAN) was given this year to Neil Reeve, Chairman of CEN/TC 12 and its international counterpart ISO/TC 67 ‘Materials, equipment and offshore structures for petroleum, petrochemical and natural gas’.

This award puts the light on persons who have rendered exceptional service to the international community of standards users. CEN/TC 12 transposes the standards developed by ISO/TC 67 to CEN with the view of accomplishing the vision of the oil and gas industry: 'International standards used locally worldwide'

Technical bodies and activities

More than 50 technical bodies deal with the Machinery safety sector. The list is expanding regularly to include new areas.
Work Programme
For information concerning all the CEN Technical Committees involved in the Machinery Safety sector, please refer to the Machinery Safety Work Programme.
List of Technical Bodies

Sector Forum

A Sector Forum is a platform aiming at facilitating the exchange of information between the different stakeholders, coordinating and identifying the standardization needs in a specific field of CEN work.
CEN-CENELEC Sector Forum on Machinery Safety
The aims of the CEN-CENELEC Sector Forum on Machinery Safety are to:
  • coordinate the industrial sector needs as expressed within the CEN technical committees which deal with the standardization activities in the safety of machinery field;
  • provide solutions to the problems that are common across the 'Safety of Machinery Sector' and which arise during the standardization work;
  • identify new issues and analyze latest trends affecting safety of machinery;
  • interface with safety of machinery actions that come from the European Commission/European Free Trade Association and the European Parliament;
  • monitor and communicate the sectoral activities on machinery safety in CEN and CENELEC;
  • identify and meet the sector needs.

The structure of the CEN-CENELEC Sector Forum on Machinery Safety is the following:

Sector Rapporteur (Mr G. Steiger - VDMA, DE)
Safety of Machinery Advisory Nucleus (SMS AN)
the wider sector at large, i.e. the community of sector partners
The Rapporteur represents the sector in the CEN and CENELEC Technical Boards.

The SMS AN is constituted and chaired by the Sector Rapporteur and comprises a balanced representation from the community of sector partners.

Meetings: The Safety of Machinery Sector Advisory Nucleus (SMS AN) meets up to twice a year to discuss important issues relevant for standardization in the field of machinery safety.

European legislation and mandates

Mandates under the Machinery  Directive 2006/42/EC (pdf format)
  • M/396 (2006) Mandate addressed to CEN, CENELEC for Standardization in the field of machinery;
  • M/471 (2010) - Mandate addressed to CEN for standardization in the field of machinery for pesticide application;

Mandate under the Directive 2009/128/EC (pdf format)

  • M/435 (2008) for the development of a standards on inspection of pesticide application equipment in use;

European Legislation

Useful links and documents

Websites links Documents
  • CEN-CENELEC position on revision of Outdoor Noise Directive 2000/14/EC (2018) (PDF format)
  • Machinery terminological database in 35 different languages (Sept 2012) (excel format)
    The purpose of this document is to provide a multilanguage database with the terms given by ISO 12100 :2010 (+ Definitions linked to those 57 terms). The database is composed of the 57 terms defined by ISO 12100 in English, French and German, and the translation of these terms into 30 different languages, namely : Arabic,  Bulgarian,  Croatian,  Chinese,  Czech,  Danish,  Dutch,  Estonian,  Finnish,  Greek,  Hungarian, Icelandic,  Italian,  Japanese,  Korean,  Latvian,  Lithuanian,  Malay,  Norwegian,  Persian (or Farsi),  Polish,  Portuguese,  Romanian,  Russian,  Serbian,  Slovak,  Slovenian,  Spanish,  Swedish and Turkish.  Free columns are provided for Albanian and Macedonian. Any other language is of course welcome in the database. ISO 639-1:2002 is used for the identification of the languages. Each national member body is invited to verify the corresponding cells in the following table, to correct them if necessary or insert the translation if available. If not validated by the national member bodies, translations will be identified as non official. A further column has been added to give a link to the corresponding definition provided by the ISO Concept Database (“ISO CDB link”).
  • EC Guide to the Machinery Directive 2006/42 (Edition 2.1 - July 2018) (pdf format)
  • ILO code of practice on Safety and Health in the Use of Machinery (pdf format)
  • CEN Guide 414: Safety of machinery - Rules for the drafting and presentation of safety standards (2017).  At this moment only the English and German version of the Guide are available.
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