Proposal for a REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL on machinery products
1. This proposal intends to replace the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC with a Regulation that seeks to address gaps the Commission perceives to have arisen with regard to emerging technologies including Artificial Intelligence (AI) and autonomous robots.
2. The proposed Regulation seeks to (i) provide greater legal certainty on the scope and definitions of machinery; (ii) make legal provision for high risk machines; (iii) address monetary and environmental costs caused by extensive paper-based documentation; (iv) address inconsistencies and standardise product-safety legislation.
3. This Regulation, once the proposal has been ratified, will become applicable in EU member states thirty months after it comes into force. As this proposal will fall under Annex 2 of the Ireland/Northern Ireland Protocol, this Regulation will apply to machinery placed on the market in Northern Ireland.