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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 Regulation published on June 29, 2023

The new EU Machinery Regulation was published today, June 29, 2023, in the Official Journal of the European Union. The regulation replaces the Machinery Directive and will be applied from January 14, 2027.

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?

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.

VDMA 4315-9:2023-11

Turbomachinery and generators – Application of the principles of functional safety – Part 9: Risk assessment air cooled generators

Characteristic Value Libraries in the Format VDMA 66413

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

Cyber alliances in industry

Together against cyber attacks

Are harmonized standards in danger now?

A lawsuit at the ECJ could endanger the entire system of harmonized standards. The planned final proposals of the Advocate General at the ECJ does not bode well.

New standard offers new opportunities for functional safety

Some machines and systems have to meet extensive safety requirements, including a new standard. Here, the danger of over-engineering must be avoided, as well as the danger of only incompletely implementing the requirements.

Draft VDMA 8850:2023-10

Tools for woodworking – Data model for the description of geometry and process parameters

Draft VDMA 8722:2023-10

I++ DME – Dimensional Measurement Equipment Interface (Version 2.5)

VDMA 40740:2023-10

OPC UA for Process Air Extraction and Filtration Systems (PAEFS)

Sickness-related absences also on the rise in the mechanical and plant engineering sector

Sick leave is also on the rise in the mechanical and plant engineering sector. The event took a closer look at the current development and discussed the possibilities of preventive measures.





Now new: VDMA Cyber Awareness

How to turn your team into a human firewall!

Preparation for NIS2

These cybersecurity obligations are coming to mechanical engineering companies

Draft VDMA 40568-1:2023-10

OPC UA for Mining – External Standards – Part 1: IREDES

Machinery Directive - consolidated list of harmonized standards

For reasons of clarity, the EU Commission has published in the EU Official Journal L 194 of August 2, 2023 a complete list of references of harmonized standards in support of the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC.

Extension of CE marking indefinitely

Following the announcement by the Department of Business and Trade, there is to be an indefinite extension of the use of CE marking in the United Kingdom (UK). Many questions remain.

Business cycle indicators for important countries and country groups

The OECD leading economic indicators provide early and reliable signals on the economic turning points of individual countries and groups of countries.

Supplier self-disclosure on cybersecurity

The VDMA Supplier Self-Assessment is a standardised questionnaire that companies can use with suppliers regardless of specific procurement purposes. Highly topical with the mapping of regulatory requirements from MVO and CRA.

Comparison of the EU Machinery Regulation with the Machinery Directive

Update: VDMA provides its members with the comparison of the provisions and requirements of the EU Machinery Regulation with those of the Machinery Directive.

Close the net: Tips for more digital security in NRW companies

The first steps toward greater digital security can be implemented quickly and easily. The "Close the door on the net" campaign provides tips.

Planned PFAS ban threatens important textile machine components

The EU's planned ban on the entire group of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) would endanger many industrial processes.

Draft VDMA 66419:2023-09

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

VDMA 40020-1:2023-09

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

VDMA 66417:2023-08

Mode of Operation Maintenance (MO MT) – Safety Requirements for an additional Mode of Operation

New EU Machinery Directive: Implementation is not a foregone conclusion!

Machinery and plant manufacturers must adapt to new technical regulations and obligations. Find out about key changes, their impact on practice and possible solutions!

Draft VDMA 15319:2023-09

Electronic lift monitoring to partially replace the regular personal inspection according to TRBS 3121 (electronic lift attendant)

VDMA 40079:2023-09

OPC UA interfaces for plastics and rubber machinery – Data exchange between injection moulding machines and robots

Current standardisation projects

Click here for downloadable details on current European and international standardisation projects within the scope of Construction equipment and building material machines.

Current ballots

Click here for downloadable details on recent and current ballots on national, European and international draft standards within the following committees

Draft VDMA 24994:2023-08

Test requirements for fire-protection storage cabinets for detachable lithium-ion batteries in the case of thermal runaway

Draft VDMA 40503-1:2023-08

OPC UA for Metal Forming – Part 1: General

Draft VDMA 40530:2023-08

OPC UA for laser systems

VDMA 40001-1:2023-08

OPC UA for Machinery – Part 1: Basic Building Blocks

Draft VDMA 34195:2023-08

Standard for the contracting and approval for tooling

VDMA: Technical Committee TC 2 with new chairman

At the spring meeting of TC 2 (tillage, sowing, plant care and plant protection) at Amazonen-Werke in Bramsche, a new chair was elected.

Interview with Michael Buschmann, retiring chairman of the Working group fire protection and smoke extraction

The Working group fire protection and smoke extraction stands for expert knowledge and broad public relations. We spoke with the previous chairman Michael Buschmann, TROX GmbH, about tasks and the most important topics in the committee.

New edition of VDMA Information Sheet No. 3 "Required times for self-rescue, rescue and firefighting attack"

Every minute counts in case of fire. VDMA publication provides essential basis for determining evacuation times.

PFAS ban - Drastic effects for fluid technology

The EU is planning to ban all PFAS. This would be tantamount to a serious cut for the fluid technology industry and represent a technological step backwards.

Interview with Thorsten Lerch, Chairman of the Working Group on Specification VDMA 24020-2

VDMA 24020-2 "Refrigeration systems with non-flammable refrigerants (safety group A1 according to EN 378)" is currently under revision. We spoke with the chairman of the working group Thorsten Lerch, Bundesfachschule Kälte-Klima-Technik, about planned changes as well as the relevance of the Specification for operators.

PFAS consultation: your participation is urgently needed

The proposed comprehensive restriction on the PFAS group of substances affects your business? Take part in ECHA's consultation now.

VDMA 24226:2023-07

LIN Profile for integrated Circulators

Draft VDMA 40001-3:2023-07

OPC UA for Machinery – Part 3: Job Management

PFAS ban from VDMA's point of view: position paper published

Due to environmental and potential health hazards, the EU intends to restrict the broad group of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) under the REACH regulation.

VDMA 40210:2023-07

OPC UA for Geometric Measurement Systems

Country-specific product requirements: Where does what apply?

Product labels, mandatory certifications and environmental requirements: Companies must consider local market access conditions and technical trade barriers when exporting to countries outside the EU.

Door Closed on the Net" campaign for more digital security in NRW companies

The state of North Rhine-Westphalia wants to raise awareness of cybersecurity and is providing financial support of up to 15,000 euros for investments.

Impending PFAS ban - massive consequences for mechanical engineering and plant construction

Per- and polyfluorinated alkyl compounds (PFAS) are currently polarizing opinion. The EU has come out in favor of a blanket ban on around 10,000 chemicals in this group of substances. At first glance, a well-intentioned approach to protecting the environment, but the announcement puts important industries at risk.

Our expert and focus topics

Our expert and focus topics
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
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.
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.
Circular Economy
The more people live on earth, the greater the demand for resources, the mountains of waste and the emission of climate gases are likely to become. In the future, it will no longer be enough to make raw material extraction and material processing more efficient.
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.
Global production language
For us humans, language is a central means of communicating with each other. Language connects and enables understanding. And what about the machines in increasingly networked production? 

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To the point

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

Auf den Punkt Zahl Technical Regulations


billion euros

is the amount that the European mechanical engineering industry (EU-27) will have earned in 2022 from exports to the USA and the BRIC countries.

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

Unsere Leistungen

Unsere Leistungen
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!



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