|Author (Corporate)||European Commission|
|Series Details||COM (2021) 202|
Legislative initiative tabled by the European Commission on 21 April 2021, aimed at adapting safety rules to increase users' trust in the new, versatile generation of products.
Directive (EU) 2006/42/EC - also known as the Machinery Directive - establishes a regulatory framework for placing machinery on the Single Market of the European Union (EU). It promotes harmonisation of essential health and safety requirements for machinery at EU level.
During the REFIT evaluation of the Directive, stakeholders confirmed the importance of this piece of legislation but identified a necessity to improve, simplify and adapt it to the needs of the market. Its revision was listed in the European Commission's 2020 Work Programme. The 2020 White Paper on Artificial Intelligence was accompanied by a report on the impact of new technologies and the challenges they pose to EU safety legislation - it identified a number of gaps that required addressing, in particular in the Machine Directive.
The proposed Regulation is aimed at addressing those gaps and replacing Directive (EU) 2006/42/EC. It was tabled by the European Commission on 21 April 2021, as part of a legislative package on Artificial Intelligence (AI) overviewed by the Communication on Fostering a European approach to Artificial Intelligence. The proposed Machinery Regulation is to ensure the safe integration of the AI system into the overall machinery.
|Subject Categories||Business and Industry, Internal Markets|
|Subject Tags||Consumer Rights | Protection, Industrial Policy|
|Keywords||Artificial Intelligence, Health and Safety, Product Safety
|International Organisations||European Union [EU]|