Consultation on Inception Impact Assessment Roadmap to last until 11 February 2019

The European Commission has started work on updating the Machinery Directive to improve safety levels further and to take account of the latest IT developments. The proposed revision aligns the Directive with EU harmonised legislation on product health and safety and tackles the challenges that may arise from technical progress in digitisation. The adoption of the revised Machinery Directive is scheduled for early to mid-2021.

First article of a new series for members only

The teams of Eurovent and PRODBIM have prepared an article for members on recent developments in Building Information Modelling (BIM) CEN TC442 standardisation activities and construction product information digitalisation. PRODBIM, a subsidiary of Eurovent Services Company, is participating to CEN TC442 & BuildingSMART working groups, and is compiling a summary of the CEN TC 442 works on BIM standardisation. Interconnecting dictionaries is the first step.

Report and industry indicate the Directive is achieving its objectives

The Machine Working Group of the European Commission is preparing an evaluation of the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC. This evaluation was commissioned by the EC’s Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW). It is being undertaken by a consortium led by Technopolis Group over an 18-months period during 2016-2017. The evaluation will form the basis for a possible decision to start a revision of the Machinery Directive.

This Guide appears one year after the publication of the Commission Notice updating the “Blue Guide” on the implementation of EU product rules. On 457 pages, this Guide provides explanations of the concepts and requirements of the Machinery Directive to ensure uniform interpretation and application in the EU. At present, the new guide is available in English only. Translation into the other EU languages is expected.

Federal Government requires hygienic operation of plants and sets specific requirements

The Bundesrat of Germany (Federal Council) voted, on 2 June, on a new national regulation on evaporative cooling systems, cooling towers and wet separation systems. It will soon be published in Germany’s Federal Law Gazette and is to come into force four weeks later. Operators of cooling towers then receive one year time to notify national authorities on existing plants and to fulfil three major obligations.

The Commission is consulting stakeholders on the application of application Directive 85/374/EEC on liability for defective products. This directive is mainly applied to consumer goods but is also applied to industrial products.

The European Commission services together with stakeholders have recently produced guidelines to assist in the smooth and level application of the Directive 2014/35/EU. The Directive became applicable on 20 April 2016. The guidelines explain in an easy and understandable way the elements of the Directive.

The “Blue Guide” is intended to contribute to a better understanding of EU product rules and to their more uniform and coherent application the single market. It provides guidance to all parties involved. In general it is understood that industry is aware of the contents of the “blue guide”!

The new Gas Appliances Regulation has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OEJU) on 31 March 2016. This regulation will be applicable from 21 April 2018.

The Öko-Institut published the attached to assess four renewal requests for RoHS 2 Annex III exemptions. One exemption relates to bearings and bushes in the HVACR applications.

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