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CE marking

The sale and movement of goods within the European Union is subject to a number of directives that lay down uniform requirements for goods. Manufacturers or sellers affix the CE marking to their products before placing them on the market, thereby declaring that the product complies with the requirements of the applicable directive(s) or related national provisions.

Machinery Directive

The so-called Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council, in the latest version dated 17.05.2006, applies to tools, machines and systems in the woodworking sector and is mainly intended to establish minimum standards for security and health protection and to simplify intra-European trade.

The obligation to mark a machine depends on its year of manufacture:

Year of manufacture until 1994 Until the end of 1994 there was no obligation to label. For older year of manufacture, therefore, no CE marking is necessary and it does not have to be made up for.
Year of manufacture manufacture from 1995 onwards Since 01.01.1995 there has been a general obligation to mark machines. From 1995 onwardsyear of manufacture, a machine without CE marking may not be marketed or resold within the EU. A subsequent CE marking is all not possible either.

Prevention and control

Compliance with the safety requirements of the Machinery Directive must be monitored by the national states. In Germany, this task is performed by commercial employers' liability insurance associations, which are also the carriers of the legal accident insurance.


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