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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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Trilogue negotiations on the EU Machinery Products Regulation

The Council has concluded negotiations on the planned EU Machinery Products Regulation and published the results. The final legal text will now be negotiated in the trilogue.

Imports into the United Kingdom

Importers are to be given some relief when importing products into the UK. For example, duplicate testing is to be avoided over the next five years. However, legislative adjustments are still awaited.

Revision of the Machinery Directive

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Knowledge Machinery Directive

When CE marking machines, important instructions must be observed in order to fulfill the legal obligations. The VDMA has compiled these notes for practical use, which go beyond explanations in the official guide.

Statement on the EU Proposal for a Regulation on Machinery Products

The VDMA statement on the EU Commission's draft of 21 April for the EU Machinery Products Regulation is now available.

VDMA 34170:2023-01

Power interface communication between encoderless motors with electronic motor nameplate and inverter

VDMA 40001-101:2023-01

OPC UA for Machinery – Part 101: Result Transfer

Characteristic Value Libraries in the Format VDMA 66413

Manufacturer list of characteristic value libraries for VDMA 66413 specification "Functional Safety – Universal data format"

VDMA 24186 Specification with program of services available online

In future, maintenance personnel and operators will be able to access the digitally editable program of services for the maintenance of technical systems and equipment in buildings. The new distribution channel enables licensed downloads.

UKCA marking - extension of the transition period

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Hydrogen - (not) a question of safety

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Web seminar UKCA marking on 7 December 2022

Manufacturer obligations and facilitations for the UKCA marking, the conformity marking for import into the UK

China: New regulations on cross-border data transfer

Since September 1, 2022, new cybersecurity regulations have been in effect in China. VDMA's policy briefing shows the implications for the industry, especially for the transfer of personal data.

Draft VDMA 40086-1:2023-01

OPC UA for Plastics and Rubber Machinery – Material Supply Systems – Part 1: Ordermanagement

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OPC UA for Cranes and Hoists – Part 1: Base Model Motion Devices System

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Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC CE marking of machinery

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Digitalization and cybersecurity of our (waste)water systems

Online event of the EU-funded, German-Danish project. Digitalization in the water sector is gaining importance against the background of increased cyber attacks as well as its protection.

Field of tension "Free data traffic - Industrial Security

For foreign companies, secure cross-border data exchange with China involves enormous effort and there are numerous aspects to consider.

Uniform cybersecurity requirements are the only right way forward

European industry is increasingly affected by cyber-attacks, almost all of which are due to vulnerabilities in information technology. Production downtimes are regularly the result. It is therefore right that the European Commission is now introducing mandatory and uniform requirements for the European Union with the so-called Cyber Resilience Act.

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LIN Profile for integrated Circulators

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The Federal Cabinet has proposed a revised Corona Occupational Health and Safety Ordinance, which has been published by the Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs.

VDMA Specification published

The VDMA Specification 24000 "Functional tests of fire dampers according to DIN EN 15650" is available. The specification provides an overview of necessary statutory functional tests on fire dampers.

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Help for CE marking of AGVs

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Draft VDMA 66417:2022-10

Mode of Operation Maintenance for Machinery and Plant (MSO MT) – Safety Requirements for an additional Mode of Operation

Correct application of the Machinery Directive: Observe details

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VDMA 40560 to VDMA 40569-4

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Marketing of products - reporting obstacles

New EU Commission online portal for reporting obstacles to the marketing of products.

General Product Safety Directive - Revision

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Draft VDMA 24774:2022-09

IT Security for Building Automation and Control Systems

Database "Machinery safety standards"

The database "Machinery safety standards" helps manufacturers and users of standards to find their way through the jungle of standards.

Draft VDMA 15324:2022-09

Handling and processing of remote alarms from lifts

Draft VDMA 40082-3:2022-09

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

Cyber Detect Real-time detection of cyberattacks for production systems

Cyber Detect is an analysis software for the detection of network-based cyber attacks on industrial production systems. For this purpose, the communication between controllers and field devices is analyzed in real time.

Better safe than sorry: Cyber threats in the energy sector

DNV examines the state of cybersecurity in the power industry to focus on the rising threat of cyberattacks. The authors observe a wait-and-see attitude in the industry.

Ahead of the current state of the art

For mobile cranes and aerial work platforms, the draft currently envisages the use of technology that is not available today or does not function reliably.

New publication: ISO 19014-2:2022

The standard ISO 19014-2:2022 “Earth-moving machinery – Functional safety – Part 2: Design and evaluation of hardware and architecture requirements for safety-related parts of the control system“ was published by ISO.

VDMA 40501-1:2022-09

OPC UA for Machine Tools – Part 1: Machine Monitoring and Job Overview (Replaces VDMA 40501-1:2022-08)

"Supply chains in the industry are not being strengthened enough"

The Federal Ministry of the Interior (BMI) was presented with a good opportunity to better support medium-sized industry with the new cybersecurity agenda. This opportunity was missed. VDMA calls for stronger support in supply chains for more cyber resilience of companies.

UKCA: Possibly extension of the validity of EU certificates

The UK government is currently working on a regulation to reduce recertification costs (e.g. type approvals, NDT approvals, etc.). This would significantly extend the validity of existing EU certificates.

CE marking for old machines

Initially, the obligation for CE marking exists only for new machines. However, there are cases where old machines are also subject to CE marking.

Blue Guide - new version published

The Blue Guide is the central document explaining overarching provisions on CE marking. The version from 2016 has been updated.

VDMA 24000:2022-09

Operational checks of fire dampers according to EN 15650

Draft VDMA 15423:2022-09

Additional safety requirements and/or safety measures for semi-automatic power driven parking of motor vehicles

VDMA 24360:2022-08

Surface Technology – Clarifications to EN 1539


VDMA Specifications
VDMA Specifications are technical rules that are efficiently developed on a wide variety of topics in mechanical engineering within VDMA working groups.
Machinery Directive
The Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC defines uniform health and safety requirements for machinery and equivalent products for free trade within the European Economic Area.
Product Safety EU & New Legislative Framework
The regulations on the marketing of products, especially on product safety, are fully harmonised in the European Union. This applies by extension to the European Economic Area, Switzerland and Turkey, which have adopted the regulations on CE marking 1:1. This complete harmonisation is unique in the world and a prerequisite for the Single Market.
Product safety Non-EU
The continuous increase of national requirements for the product properties of complete machines and plants, but also for spare and wear parts, represents a particular challenge for the European mechanical and plant engineering industry with its high export rate.
When it comes to security at the VDMA, everything revolves around protecting machines and systems in production, manufacturing or intralogistics from attacks and disruptions. The aim of these organizational and technical protective measures is to develop cyber-resilient machines and systems and trustworthy services while reliably maintaining their permanent operation.
Fire protection & smoke extraction
There are frequent reports of fire disasters in high-rise buildings, industrial buildings and areas where large numbers of people congregate: here, plant technology-related fire protection involving smoke protection pressure systems and mechanical smoke extraction systems not only ensures that people can safely evacuate the building, but also provides maximum support for the fire department while extinguishing fires.

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Auf den Punkt Zitat Technical Regulations

"The proposed legal provisions on digital operating instructions and EU declarations of conformity are important steps towards being able to meet the challenges of digitalization. Therefore, the assembly instructions and declaration of incorporation for partly completed machinery should also be allowed to be provided in digital form."

Thomas Kraus, Machinery Directive expert at VDMA

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billion euros

was recorded by the European mechanical engineering sector (EU-27) in sales to the USA and the BRIC countries in 2020.

Source: VDMA

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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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Further VDMA Services
Machinery Directive Knowledge
VDMA members will find the necessary technical knowledge compactly compiled here
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
The VDMA-Specification Database contains the full text versions of the VDMA-Specification sheets.
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.
Standards & VDMA Specifications – Technical Rules for the mechanical engineering industry
Standardization as a strategic instrument for corporate management is one of the core tasks of the VDMA.
VDMA Technology Policy Steering Committee and our working groups
The Technology Policy Steering Committee is responsible for the technology policy positioning of the mechanical and plant engineering industry. The "Machinery Directive", "Cybersecurity", "Occupational Health and Safety" and "Accreditation" working groups report to it. They draw up proposals for positioning the mechanical engineering industry in the respective subject areas, promote exchange between members and maintain close contact with political decision-makers 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!


Technical Regulations & Standardization Committee
VDMA Technical Policy Steering Committee
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.


Dr. rer. nat. Burkhard Raith

thyssenkrupp AG


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