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Europump and trade associations welcome European Machinery Directive legislation

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Europump which represents 16 national pump associations in 12 EU member states, Russia, Switzerland, Turkey, and the UK has lent its support to an important industry statement relating to the European Machinery Directive.
The Machinery Directive is an important piece of legislation for the European manufacturing industry.
Since its original publication in 1989, and subsequent revisions up to 2006, it has provided the highest level of machinery safety in the world, successfully supported the Internal Market as well as EU competitiveness, and continuously enabled the industry to innovate and thrive.
Europump said that it was important that the future legislative framework retained the balance between safety and innovation while offering the necessary consistency for manufacturers and users alike.
Europump, along with 17 other trade associations – the co-signatories - have recently produced and issued a joint statement detailing their collective position in relation to five key areas.
The full statement has been issued to the European Commission, the EP Rapporteur and Shadow Rapporteurs, EP IMCO coordinators and several Council Attachés.
The parties welcomed the alignment with the New Legislative Framework (NLF) and its coherence with other legislation.
However, the group rejects the introduction of mandatory third-party conformity assessment for some machines and warns against undermining the consensus-based standardisation approach.
They also stressed the importance of respecting the NLF principle of technology-neutral legislation and requested a clear transition period.