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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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New EU Machinery Directive - Draft published

The EU Commission has published the draft of the new EU Machinery Directive. Now the negotiations in the Council and the European Parliament start.

Brexit - UKCA labelling regulations

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

Revision of the Machinery Directive

What are the implications for standardization of the proposal for revision of the Machinery Directive published by the European Commission?

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?

VDMA 24020-1:2021-08

Operational requirements for refrigeration systems - Part 1: Ammonia refrigeration systems

Draft VDMA 40550-1:2021-08

OPC UA for Woodworking Machines – Part 1: Vertical Interface

VDMA 40082-3:2021-08

OPC UA interfaces for plastics and rubber machinery – Peripheral devices – Part 3: LSR Dosing Systems

VDMA 40082-2:2021-08

OPC UA interfaces for plastics and rubber machinery – Peripheral devices – Part 2: Hot runner devices

VDMA 40083:2021-08

OPC UA for Plastics and Rubber Machinery – General Type Definitions

Draft VDMA 40451-1:2021-08

OPC UA for Tightening Systems - Part 1: Asset Management, Results and Basic Events

ISO 13849-1 in second DIS survey

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

VDMA: Guide IEC 62443 for mechanical and plant engineering published

New guideline supports mechanical and plant engineering in security in operating processes and resilience of products against cyber attacks and other IT-induced damage in the company.

Machinery Directive: Basic knowledge for all project participants

Gaps in knowledge of legal requirements can cost a company a lot of money. Therefore, employees from sales, purchasing, product management and service should also be familiar with the Machinery Directive.

Technical Regulations USA on 19 May 2021

This expert discussion will shed light on the essential requirements for the safe commissioning of machinery and equipment in the USA compared to Europe.

CEN/TR 22100-1: Harmonized standards relating to the Machinery Directive

The Technical Report CEN/TR 22100-1 builds a bridge between the world of standardization and the European Single Market legislation for machinery.

Draft VDMA 24020-5:2021-06

Operational Requirements for Refrigerating Systems – Part 5: Refrigerating Systems with Flammable Refrigerants (Safety Classes A2 and A2L according to DIN EN 378)

Draft VDMA 24020-3:2021-06

Operational Requirements for Refrigerating Systems – Part 3: Refrigerating Systems with Flammable Refrigerants (Safety Class A3 according to DIN EN 378)

Draft VDMA 24499:2021-05

Determination of machine-related power consumption of pressure metal die casting machines

Pump Systems: VDMA 24227

VDMA standard sheet specifies explosion protection requirements for dry-installed pumps for pumping flammable liquids.

Ex-Network: VDMA now member

The VDMA - together with the ZVEI - has joined this information and knowledge network.

Draft VDMA 40301:2021-05

OPC UA for flat glass

VDMA 8748 reissued

VDMA 8748:2021-06 serves as a guideline for the preparation of film specifications for processing on form fill and seal machines under the criterion of machine runability.

Wind Industry Safety Culture Flyer

The working group Wind Industry Safety Culture publishes the flyer on occupational safety in the wind industry.

VDMA 24020-5 "Operational Requirements for Refrigerating Systems"

VDMA specification 24020-5:2021-06 - Part 5: Refrigerating Systems with Refrigerants of Low Flammability (Safety Groups A2 and A2L according to DIN EN 378)" published in draft.

Future, but safe

The participants of our series "Future, but safe!" of the VDMA Baden-Württemberg could learn about the topic "Incident Response" and which questions they should have an answer to in case of an emergency!

Customer provision: Clearly regulate manufacturer obligations!

More and more customers are providing their own components when they place orders for machines. Clear agreements are therefore essential. However, some seemingly good solutions are unsuitable!

Succession CE-marking in United Kingdom - Special role Northern Ireland

Due to Brexit, a new conformity marking is required in the United Kingdom - the UKCA marking. What has to be considered?

LABS Guide

The accompanying guide to VDMA standard sheet 24364 is available in several languages.

Publications Fire protection and smoke extraction

The publications on the subject of fire protection and smoke extraction of the Air Pollution Control Department can be found here.

VDMA Standard Sheets Surface Technology

VDMA standard sheets are technical rules and agreements which are developed by VDMA member companies.

Importers in the United Kingdom - the designation and duties

Clarity at last! Using the adaptations to the Electromagnetic Compatibility Rule 2016 No. 1091 to answer duties on designation and duties of the importer.

Five tips to protect against phishing

Around 70% of all successful hacking attacks start with an email. We have some tips to minimize your phishing risk.

Free working aids for VDMA members

In the fight against the threat from the World Wide Web, the "Unternehmen Cybersicherheit" initiative supports member companies with tips, studies and working aids.

VDMA cyber policy offers comprehensive cover

The number of hacker attacks is growing - high time to cover cyber risks. The VDMA Cyber Policy combines comprehensive worldwide coverage with important assistance services.

ZDF warns of cyber attacks

Corona has given digitalisation a real boost - and at the same time opened up new gateways for hackers. This is shown by the BSI's situation report on IT security in Germany.

Digital business models increase the attack surface

Around the world, German mechanical and plant engineering stands for intelligent production. But progress makes us vulnerable. Interview with Thilo Brodtmann, Chief Executive Officer of VDMA e. V..

Five tips for IT security in production

The mechanical engineering industry is experiencing a significant increase in hacker attacks on production equipment. Take precautions in good time. We have tips for optimizing IT security in production.

Brexit - What applies in Northern Ireland?

There is good news regarding the impact of Brexit on Northern Ireland: CE marking may still be used. Therefore, products may continue to be marketed in Northern Ireland with CE marking.

Amended SARS-CoV-2 Occupational Health and Safety Regulation

The amended SARS-CoV-2 occupational health and safety regulation was published on 11 March 2021. It comes into force on 13 March and is applicable until 30 April.

Our working groups

The Machinery Directive, Cybersecurity, Occupational Safety and Accreditation working groups report to the VDMA Technology Policy Steering Committee and develop proposals for positioning the mechanical engineering industry in the respective subject areas. The working groups promote exchange between members and maintain close contact with political decision-makers and other trade associations.

New VDMA proposals for EU Declaration of Conformity and Declaration of Incorporation

The VDMA proposals have been revised and adapted to the Acquis Communautaire and the provisions of the new Market Surveillance Regulation.

How is artificial intelligence (AI) compatible with safety of machinery?

ISO/TR 22100-5 describes whether and how AI applications can influence safety of machinery and how hazards can be taken into account in the context of risk assessment and subsequent risk reduction.

Cybersecurity in China

Implementing remote service, cloud connection or VPN connection securely in China is a challenge for mechanical engineering. Product piracy also remains a major issue.

Standardization strategy "China Standards 2035

China is currently formulating a new standardization strategy. Increasingly, attempts are being made to introduce national Chinese standards as the basis for an international standardization project.

Draft VDMA 40600:2021-04

OPC UA for Weihenstephan standards

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.

Database for technical regulations (DaTeR) in a new look

The database for technical regulations (DaTeR) of the VDMA has been given a makeover. The search is more transparent and the search result is dynamic.

VDMA 40084-1:2021-06

OPC UA interfaces for plastics and rubber machinery – Extrusion – Part 1: General Type Definitions

Draft VDMA 24395:2021-02

Flash-off booths – safety requirements

Draft VDMA 24394:2021-02

Surface Technology – Touch-up stations at paint spray booths for powder coating – Safety requirements

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To the point

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

Auf den Punkt Zahl Technical Regulations

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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

Summary
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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Machinery Directive Knowledge
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Machine Safety Standards Database
The machine safety standards database helps manufacturers and those applying standards navigate their way through the jungle of standards.
Database VDMA-Specifications
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SARS-CoV-2 Occupational Health and Safety Standard
Download: The current occupational health and safety standard COVID 19 from the Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs.
VDMA Technology Policy Steering Committee
The Technology Policy Steering Committee is responsible for positioning the mechanical engineering industry in terms of technology 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 lies on legislative initiatives in the European Union as well as in third countries. The Steering Committee is supported by the Machinery Directive, Cybersecurity, Accreditation and Occupational Health and Safety Working Groups.
Our working groups
The working groups on the Machinery Directive, Cybersecurity, Occupational Health and Safety and Accreditation submit reports on technology policies to the VDMA Steering Committee and develop proposals for the mechanical engineering industry's stances in their respective subject areas. The working groups promote exchange between members and maintain close contact with policymakers and other trade associations.
Newsletter "Mechanical engineering standardization in China"
For the German mechanical engineering industry, China is one of the most important export markets. This newsletter provides you with information on current developments in the field of standardization and market access in China.
Official Guide Machinery Directive
German translation of the Guide to Application of the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC - Edition 2.2.
German Market Surveillance Forum (DMÜF)
All information on the Market Surveillance Forum's activities, which advises and supports the German government on market surveillance issues within the scope of Regulation (EC) No. 765/2008.
Continuing Education - Quality & Standardization
One aspect is always at the forefront when it comes to quality management issues: the goal of providing reliable and high quality to customers. Learn more about our current offerings in the area of quality and standardization and find the right training for you!

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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.

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