CE Marking

CE Marking Most machinery must comply with the Machinery Directive, Low Voltage Directive (LVD), and Electromagnetic Compatibility Directive (EMC)

Headlands Consulting has been helping machinery manufacturers, suppliers, and importers since the original Machinery Directive was adopted in 1993. Since then we have helped over 200 companies meet their obligations. We are used to working with sole traders, SMEs, and large multi-nationals, and have experience in many diverse industrial sectors. Our structured approach ensures all requirements are covered and records are kept for the technical file at the same time.

Most machines can be self certified, provided certain procedures are followed. There are five stages to achieve CE marking for the Machinery Directive:

Step 1 - risk assessment

Step 2 - ensuring conformity with the essential health and safety requirements (EHSRs), preferably through adoption of appropriate standards

Step 3 - compilation of instructions

Step 4 - drawing up the technical file

Step 5 - CE marking and signing of an EC Declaration of Conformity

Low Voltage Directive (LVD)

In most cases, applying the standard for electrical safety of machines EN 60204-1 ensures that the Low Voltage Directive is met. We can advise on application of the directive, conduct inspections to appropriate standards and advise on wiring practices. Contact us for more details.

Electromagnetic Compatibility Directive (EMC)

Electromagnetic compatibility can be met without laboratory testing, but an EMC assessment is advisable. We can advise on countermeasures and in some cases we recommend limited in situ testing. Contact us for more details.

Other Directives

Some machinery must meet additional directives before CE marking, e.g. Outdoor Noise Directive, Simple Pressure Vessels, Whole Vehicle Type Approval Directive (now includes trailer-mounted machinery). Contact us for more details.