1 November 2021, 15:39
On 20th October the European Parliament’s Internal Market and Consumers Committee (IMCO) published its draft report on the Machinery Products Regulation (MPR). The document has been drafted by the proposal’s Rapporteur MEP Ivan Štefanec and provides initial amendments to the European Commission’s proposal.
We welcome some of the changes proposed by the Rapporteur which are in line with the CECE position on the MPR and advocacy. Especially, the possibility for the manufacturers to also use the internal production control procedure (module A) set out in Annex VI for potentially high-risk machinery products. We also welcome the clarification that the technical specifications developed by the EC should not apply in case harmonised standards are developed in the future and the flexible approach regarding technical documentation, which can be provided in paper or on a digital format.
On points for improvement, we believe that the report falls short in further clarifying the transitional provisions of the regulation. Other important topics need to be addressed such as the requirement to supply test equipment and the conformity assessment procedures when multiple legislations apply.
For the next steps, the European Parliament’s IMCO members will have until 9th of November to propose amendments to the report. CECE members will meet and discuss which are the areas and amendments that need to be reinforced.
Source: CECE - Committee for European Construction Equipment