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Technical regulations and standardization facilitate economic cooperation and the marketing of products at national and international level. Through the DIN Mechanical Engineering Standards Committee (NAM), the VDMA promotes the competitiveness of the mechanical engineering industry. In addition, the Standardization Department coordinates the preparation of VDMA specifications.

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Businesses can help identify existing trade barriers between Europe and Canada through an online survey by the EU Chamber of Commerce.

ISO/DIS 13849-1 in the final survey

The draft revision for ISO 13849-1: 2015 "Safety of machinery - Safety-related parts of control systems - Part 1: General design principles" is currently in the final ISO/DIS survey.

OPC UA: a common language for all machines

In the digital production world, machines from different manufacturers must be able to communicate with each other. This requires uniform standards, which VDMA is playing a key role in developing: the OPC UA Companion Specifications.

Revision of the Machinery Directive

Report of the European Economic and Social Committee on the recast of the Machinery Directive supports the position of the VDMA in essential points.

Brexit - UKCA labelling regulations

From 1/1/2021, products with UKCA labelling must be marketed in the UK. What are the regulations?

Harmonized standards - critical status quo

Is the New Approach (NLF) still salvageable? A contribution to ensuring a smooth EU internal market in overcoming the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Installations subject to monitoring - Catalogue to be revised

The catalogue of installations subject to monitoring in Section 9 of the Product Safety Act is to be updated after almost 70 years. What new regulations are to be expected?

Brexit - application of standards

Can the application of standards trigger the presumption? If so, for which standards is this the case?

New SARS-CoV-2 occupational health and safety regulation

The BMAS has submitted a draft Corona Occupational Health and Safety Ordinance, which was approved by the Cabinet on 20 January 2021.

Risk analysis or risk assessment according to EMC Directive

The EMC Directive 2014/30EU requires a risk analysis and assessment. What is the background to this requirement and are there any changes to the conformity assessment as a result?

Remote Assessment of the DAkkS is extended

DAkkS extends the use of remote assessments. Under certain circumstances, these can now be used for the processing of extension applications.

OSHA Standards in the USA

Brief description of the Occupational Safety and Health Standards in force in the USA, which lay down mandatory minimum requirements for operators and manufacturers with regard to the safety of machinery.

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Auf den Punkt Zitat Technical Regulations

"Those who work during these special times also require special protection. It is important for us to have clear and binding standards on a nationwide scale."

Hubertus Heil, Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs

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harmonised standards

currently exist, the application of which in manufacturing grounds the presumption of conformity with the fundamental requirements of the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC.

Auf den Punkt Zusammenfassung Technische Regelwerke

New version of the Machinery Directive
  • More extensive amendments to Annex I of the Machinery Directive are to be avoided
  • Horizontal legislation on cybersecurity rather than integrating it into the Machinery Directive
  • The legal areas of product safety and occupational safety are also to be extended into the area of cybersecurity

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Technical Rules Committee
VDMA Lenkungskreis Technikpolitik
The VDMA Technical Policy Steering Committee is responsible for positioning the mechanical engineering industry in terms of technical policy, particularly in the areas of product and occupational safety, standardization policy, cybersecurity, accreditation, conformity assessment, market surveillance and the New Legislative Framework. The focus is on legislative initiatives in the European Union and in third countries. The Steering Committee is supported by the following Working Groups: Machinery Directive, Cybersecurity, Accreditation and Occupational Health and Safety.


Burkhard Raith

thyssenkrupp AG


Kraus, Thomas

Sustainability & Energy Committee
VDMA-Ausschuss Umweltpolitik

The VDMA Environmental Policy Committee deals with environmental policy issues for the mechanical and plant engineering industry. These include, among others, the topics of recycling management, product-related environmental protection, operational environmental protection and sustainability. The committee deals with European and national as well as international topics. In addition to the transfer of knowledge and environmental policy news, it is also concerned with the preparation of statements. The committee meets twice a year and the number of seats is limited.


Stefanie Grubert

Bosch Rexroth AG


Brückner, Sarah Dr.

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