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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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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.

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.

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?

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.

VDMA 24000 is available for comment

The draft of the VDMA 24000 Specification "Functional tests of fire dampers" has been published with issue October 2021 and can be commented until 1 December 2021.

Draft is available for comment

The draft of the Specification VDMA 24000 "Functional tests of fire dampers" has been published with issue October 2021 and can be commented until 1 December 2021.

China revises standard for total migration in FCMs

China's National Health Commission has published a revised food contact standard that specifies the methods required to test the overall migration of food contact materials (FCMs).

Digitization plays a major role

Digitization will also play a major role at the 12th Mechanical Engineering Summit in Berlin. How does digitalization affect mechanical engineering? What challenges do mechanical engineers have to deal with in the current times and what opportunities does digitalization offer?

VDMA offers expertise on technical regulations in third countries

The complexity of legal requirements for all products in the field of application of mechanical and plant engineering is constantly increasing. For this reason, the VDMA supports its member companies in opening up foreign markets with comprehensive expertise on the locally applicable regulations.

UKCA mandatory labelling in the UK: Additional technical requirements for products are not expected for the time being

Interview with Dr. Frank Wohnsland, VDMA Process Engineering Department

Cybersecurity in capital letters

Steffen Zimmermann in an interview in the podcast "Digital genial" by proAlpha

VDMA 34193:2021-11

Serialization/Identification of tools and tool clamping devices

VDMA 40550-1:2021-11

OPC UA for Woodworking Machines – Part 1: Vertical Interface

What does standardization say about the new Machinery Regulation?

In parallel with the publication of the proposal for a new Machinery Regulation, the European Commission has launched a public consultation to gather feedback from stakeholders.

VDMA 24227:2021-11

Pumps – Requirements according explosion protection of dry installed pumps conveying inflammable liquids

New guidelines for dealing with security vulnerabilities in China

On September 1, 2021, the Data Security Law and the new requirements for dealing with vulnerabilities in networked products came into force in China. VDMA has already prepared a policy briefing on the Data Security Law. Together with the company Sinolytics, the VDMA is now also offering a policy briefing exclusively for VDMA members on the requirements for dealing with vulnerabilities.

Database "Machinery safety standards"

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

Standards are essential

The DIN Standards Committee Mechanical Engineering (NAM) supported by VDMA represents the interests of VDMA members in European and international standardization.

EU initiative for a standardization strategy

In June 2021, the EU presented a roadmap for a European standardization strategy. The VDMA fully supports the content of Orgalim's and BusinessEurope's comments on this.

CE marking for imports into the United Kingdom

Products will continue to be able to be imported into the UK with CE marking until 1 January 2023. This now officially confirmed news had reached us from several sources.

New version of the Machinery Directive - VDMA Web Infoday

What can manufacturers expect when the new EU regulation on machinery products comes into force? When and with what content could it come? The VDMA Web Infoday shows how manufacturers can prepare.

Functional safety is not a book with seven seals

Rather, functional safety is one of several important aspects that must be considered and determined after a thorough risk assessment.

VDMA 24395:2021-10

Surface Technology – Flash-off booths – Safety requirements

Product Safety Act and Act on Installations Requiring Surveillance

The new Product Safety Act achieves two objectives: the provisions on market surveillance and the requirements for the operation of installations requiring surveillance are separated.

VDMA 40600:2021-10

OPC UA for Weihenstephan Standards

Draft VDMA 24000:2021-10

Operational checks of fire dampers

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances - Consultation on possible restrictions

5 EU member states (including Germany) want to largely restrict the production, marketing and use of "per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances" (PFAS) in the EU.

New Publication: ISO 15878

The standard ISO 15878 “Road construction and maintenance equipment – Paver-finishers – Commercial specifications“ was published by ISO.

Draft VDMA 66419:2021-09

Modular systems in shipbuilding – Support for engineering and commissioning of plants

VDMA 40250-1:2021-09

OPC UA for Compressed Air Systems - Part 1: Main Control Systems

Secure supply chains in Industry 4.0

The recent supply chain attack on an IT service provider has shown how vulnerable companies are in the digitalized world: A zero-day exploit on the IT service provider suddenly affected countless customers! This example not only shows that crime-as-a-service is a thriving industry of organized crime with high double-digit million revenues, but also that the dependency on supply chain partners should not be underestimated!

Survey Industrial Security in the industry started

How do you protect yourself against breakdown, know-how drain, espionage or manipulation of machines and plants? What technical and organisational measures do you use? For the third time, the VDMA working group "Industrial Security" is conducting a survey on the current status of industrial security in industry.

Policy Briefing on the new Data Security Law

On 10th June, 2021, China enacted its Data Security Law (DSL), which will come into effect on 1st September, 2021. Building upon the 2017 Cybersecurity Law (CSL), the legislation from the Cyberspace Administration of China (“CAC”) puts forward a framework focused on the security and protection of data and data processing activities that have national security relevance, or anything else deemed “important data” by regulators.

Guideline VDMA Specifications

Basic procedure for drawing up VDMA Specifications.

New edition of VDMA 8747

The VDMA specification document 8747:2021-09 serves as a guideline for the preparation of packaging foil specifications for the production of blister packs for pharmaceutical products on thermoforming, filling and sealing machines (so-called blister machines) under the criterion of machine runability.

New market surveillance law

On 16 July 2021, the new Market Surveillance Act will come into force, which was published on 17 June.

VDMA 24247-7:2021-09

Energy efficiency of refrigerating systems – Part 7: Control, energy management and efficient system management

VDMA 8747:2021-09

Criteria for Assessing the Quality of Films and Foils Intended for Manufacture of Blister Packs for Drugs (Minimum Requirements)

Draft VDMA 24360:2021-09

Surface Technology – Clarifications to EN 1539

No legal right to home office

With the end of the pandemic-related "home office" obligation, a bit of normality is returning that companies urgently need. A legal right to so-called home office cannot be derived from the Corona crisis.

Annual Conference VDMA Micro Technologies and Productronic 2021

Joint annual conference of the VDMA Micro Technologies and Productronic sector groups on November 2nd and 3rd 2021 in Hanover at the Cluster of Excellence PhoenixD.

Updated Corona Occupational Health and Safety Ordinance

The BMAS has published the draft Corona Occupational Health and Safety Regulation, which is due to come into force on 1 July.

Restart of Security Essen at the right time

Messe Essen offers top-class presentation platform for security industry from September 20 to 23, 2022.

Europump Working Group: Revision of EN 809

A kick-off meeting with members of VDMA Pumpen Systeme for the required working group will take place before the summer break.

Revision LIN BUS - VDMA 24226

The draft of the revised VDMA standard sheet 24226: LIN profile for integrated heating circulation pumps will be available soon.

VDMA Specification 24020-1 published

Recommendations for safe operation of refrigerating systems with the refrigerant ammonia. Explosion protection document (according to § 6 Ordinance on Hazardous Substances).

Study on the European Standardization System

Call for participation in the survey on the study by E&Y and Menon, which examines the European standardisation system and aims to improve innovation and competitiveness.

New VDMA help on UKCA marking

VDMA provides its members with a comprehensive information package, including a quick reference guide.

Effects of the crisis on accreditation and certification

In the current situation, on-site assessments are being cancelled or replaced by remote audits where possible. Since May, DAkkS has again been carrying out limited on-site assessments for initial accreditations and major extensions.

List of VDMA Specifications

The list contains all published VDMA Specifications as well as current projects under elaboration.

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VDMA Specifications
VDMA Specifications are technical rules that are efficiently developed on a wide variety of topics in mechanical engineering within VDMA working groups.
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

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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Other 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.
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!


Technical Regulations & Standardization 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

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Kraus, Thomas

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