There are types of machinery where this requirement does not apply, such as partly completed machinery or old machinery. However, all machinery must be safe to use, no matter the type. All machinery from and including 1995 must have CE marking.
The Machinery Directive deals with the health and safety requirements that apply for all machinery that is to be marketed in the EU. The directive contains the general requirements for the set-up of machinery as well as relevant documentation and labelling.
The Machinery Directive has been adopted to optimise safety and reduce accidents directly connected with the operation of machinery, and to guarantee the same level of safety when trading across borders within the EU.