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Joint industry statement on the priorities for the Machinery Products Regulation

Policy papers 05 Oct 2021

The Machinery Directive is unquestionably the single most important piece of legislation for the European manufacturing industry. Since its original publication in 1989, and subsequent revisions up to 2006, it has effectively provided the highest level of machinery safety in the world, successfully supported the Internal Market as well as EU competitiveness, and continuously enabled the industry to innovate and thrive. In this context, it is important that the future legislative framework retains the balance between safety and innovation whilst offering the necessary consistency for manufacturers and users alike.

To this end the co-signatories:

1. Welcome the alignment with the New Legislative Framework (NLF) and coherence with other legislation

2. Reject the introduction of mandatory third-party conformity assessment

3. Warn against undermining the consensus-based standardisation approach

4. Stress the importance of respecting the NLF principle of technology-neutral legislation

5. Request a clear transition period

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