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Refit of the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC

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Refit of the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC

Evaluation of the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC 2016/2017: Programme and positions

The Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC provide harmonisation regulation at EU level for machinery, defined as an assembly of components, at least one of which moves, joined together for a specific application; the drive system of machinery is powered by energy other than human or animal effort. It is a "New Approach" Directive which establishes essential health and safety requirements for products placed on the EU market.

The purpose of this evaluation is to assess the performance of the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC, by collecting evidence and information to analyse whether it is still fit for purpose in terms of effectiveness, efficiency, relevance, coherence and EU added value, and if needed, to point out where issues are and what improvements could be envisaged to improve the functioning of the Directive. As such, this evaluation may precede an Impact Assessment study in view of a potential revision of the Directive.

After almost six years of implementation, it is necessary to assess in the context of regular evaluation of the acquis, if the Directive has achieved its objectives in an efficient, correct and relevant way and still has EU added value and on the basis of the conclusions on the performance of the Directive, whether a revision is necessary, e.g. simplification in line with the REFIT programme and full alignment to the New Legislative Framework (NLF). This evaluation was linked to the REFIT programme in 2013 as the purpose of the evaluation is to assess whether the Machinery Directive remains fit for purpose and that the benefits of the Directive are enjoyed at lowest cost and with a minimum of administrative burden, in full respect of the objectives of the EU Treaties.

DATE OF THIS ROADMAP: Q1/2016
PLANNED COMPLETION DATE: Q2/2017

EU DG GROW/C3

https://ec.europa.eu/info/law/law-making-process/overview-law-making-process/evaluating-and-improving-existing-laws_en

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