CE marking for machines

Before placing machinery and equipment on the European market and/or putting them into service, the manufacturer shall affix the CE marking. The mandatory CE marking for machines results from the European Directive 2006/42/EC, the so-called Machinery Directive.

The prerequisites for CE marking of a machine include performing a detailed risk assessment and preparing comprehensive technical documentation. For this purpose, we support you. Machine manufacturers can save considerable costs if compliance with the requirements of the Machinery Directive is already taken into account during design and planning processes. For this reason, the reinisch CE representatives accompany you through all phases of product development up to final manufacturing.

From risk assessment to CE marking of machines – reinisch GmbH will do it for you


The European Machinery Directive requires manufacturers to take into account basic health and safety requirements when designing and building machinery.

A risk assessment has to be carried out in order to obtain conformity. This assessment includes estimating potential hazards, taking appropriate measures to mitigate risks and warning of remaining residual risks. The guidelines for the assessment process are taken from the standard DIN EN ISO 12100 “Safety of machinery – General principles for design – Risk assessment and risk reduction”, which is one of the harmonised European standards. The successful completion of the risk assessment is the key component of the conformity assessment required for the CE marking of machinery.

Mandatory CE marking for machines built for own use

The CE marking of machinery is a mandatory requirement not only for the first placing on the market, but also for the first putting into service within the EU.

In this respect, the topic of risk assessment or conformity assessment procedures does not only affect machines and equipment that are distributed via trade channels. Special purpose machines designed and manufactured by a manufacturer exclusively for his own use are also subject to mandatory CE marking. If a CE compliant machine is substantially modified by the machine user, for example converted, extended or otherwise adapted to his own needs, a new conformity assessment is also required in this case before putting it into service.

Comprehensive consulting of all aspects

Which conformity assessment procedure applies depends on whether the corresponding machine or safety component is to be assigned to Annex IV of the Machinery Directive. Annex IV lists categories of machinery from which particular hazards originate, such as certain types of sawing and planning machinery or injection or compression rubber-moulding machinery. The classification in this category is linked to a strict conformity assessment procedure. The CE team of reinisch GmbH advises manufacturers from the entire field of mechanical and plant engineering on the process and the necessary modalities for CE marking of their machines and also performs the necessary risk assessment. For this purpose, we support you throughout Germany with our expertise at our main locations Karlsruhe and Hanover.

  • CE consulting: Our CE representatives accompany you through all phases of product development, design and manufacturing
  • Risk assessments according to DIN EN ISO 12100
  • Implementation of the results in the technical documentation in the form of safety instructions, information on residual risks, etc.
  • Education/trainings for risk assessment
  • Consulting on technical risk mitigation measures
  • Standards/guidelines research as an ongoing service
  • CE consulting during assembly and commissioning of machines
  • Training on CE related topics and CE compliant implementation
  • Creation of machine and plant documentation in compliance with CE standards according to the guidelines of the Machinery Directive
  • Verification of the existing technical documentation in terms of CE compliance
  • Advice on general product safety issues