17 February 2021, 16:37
On 5th February, CECE and the European Materials Handling Federation (FEM) sent a letter to the European Commission on the future Machinery legislation and the transition period from the current Machinery Directive to the new one.
During the CECE-FEM webinar on “New Technologies and Machinery Legislation”, the European Commission mentioned its intention to propose an 18-months transition period for the implementation of the new Machinery legislation. Since this time will not be sufficient to adequately adapt to the new legislation, CECE and FEM reacted quickly through a letter explaining the issues manufacturers from both industrial sectors would face in such situation.
The main focus of the letter was the implication on standardisation work. There are approximately 800 standards harmonised to the current Machinery Directive. These standards will have to be updated by the standardisation committees after publication of the revised legislation. For example, CECE members highlight that the publication of the new EN 474 family of standards on earth-moving machinery is delayed by more than two years because of issues related to the new HAS consultant system.
Furthermore, depending on the requirements proposed - in practice a redesign of machines - setting up quality processes and tests are likely to become necessary. Machine manufacturers will have to reassess the conformity procedure, amend the risk assessment process, renew type-examinations and, where applicable, update operators’ manuals and technical files.
For all those reasons we believe that 18-months will not be sufficient for industry to carry out all these tasks properly. In comparison, during the last revision process, the given implementation period was three and a half years. With this letter CECE hopes that the European Commission will take into consideration the reality of the construction equipment sector and all the work involved in the development of harmonised standards to support the future legislation.
Source: CECE - Committee for European Construction Equipment