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The SVHC candidate list has been extended by four new substances and now contains 209 substances
The current version of the official guide to the Machinery Directive is now available in German.
The German federal government examines the extent to which companies based in Germany comply with their human rights due diligence obligations. Decisions on further legal steps are dependent on this.
From January 2021, almost every manufacturer of machinery and equipment in Europe will have to enter information on chemical substances used into the database (SCIP) of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).
Questions about the application of the Machinery Directive also arise in times of the Covid19 pandemic. Therefore new formats are required to provide VDMA members with information. Take advantage of the new format and dates.
By 11 June 2020, it was possible to revise the planned revision of the EU Commission's directive on non-financial reporting (2013/34/EU and 2014/95/EU). The different contributions will be taken into account in the revision of the Directive, and a proposal should be available by the end of the year.
Effective and successful climate protection can only succeed if different companies from all sectors of the economy work together on a long-term basis. For this reason, the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) launched the dialogue forum "Business does climate protection" in June 2017.
At the beginning of June, the European Parliament's Environment Committee voted on the motion for a resolution on the chromium VI registration application "REACHLaw Ltd".
In order to better assess the economic consequences of the introduction of the SCIP database, the VDMA has conducted a survey.
Corona presents the global economy with considerable challenges. Many companies are feeling the effects both in their daily business on site and in their supply chains. How can corporate responsibility be taken in this situation?
The EU Commission is continuing to push ahead with the revision of the Machinery Directive. However, Covid19 is causing delays. The next steps will now follow in the first quarter of 2021.
The CTAC (Chromium Trioxide Authorization) Consortium's application for approval has been dragging on for four years now and threatens to be delayed again.
The Directive on electromagnetic compatibility covers fixed installations. Such installations are excluded from the application. Is this relevant for machinery?
In the USA and Canada, the requirements for safe commissioning of machines are different from those in Europe.
DAkkS is extending the range of applications for remote assessments. Under certain circumstances, these can now be used to process enhancement requests.
As a consequence of the corona pandemic, the international accreditation organisation proposes an extension of the conversion period for the laboratory standard ISO/IEC 17025:2017.
At the REACH Regulatory Committee meeting held on 13 May 2020, the application for authorisation of the CTAC application was discussed.
How individual must the EU declaration of conformity be and what legal requirements must be observed? What must be observed in the case of partly completed machinery?
VDMA members are repeatedly confronted with the demand for CE marking of machinery. How to proceed?
Sustainability and resource-saving management remain a long-term challenge for companies. Customers, investors, employees and other stakeholders are increasingly aware of the importance of a credible contribution in the form of effective CO2 management by companies.
The German Global Comptact Network (DGCN) offers a series of webinars to inform you about the requirements resulting from the German Federal Government's National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights (NAP) and the UN Guidelines on Business and Human Rights and helps you to identify initial approaches for implementing human rights due diligence in your company.
The EU Commission has launched a public consultation on sustainable financing. VDMA has participated in this with the demands of the mechanical engineering industry.
In the current situation on-site assessments are cancelled or replaced by remote audits where possible. For example, the DAkkS is currently no longer carrying out on-site assessments and the conformity assessment bodies are currently examining how they can maintain certification operations.
Special occupational health and safety standards have been issued by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs for the period of the Covid19 pandemic.
Sustainability and resource-saving management remain a long-term challenge for companies. Customers, investors, employees and other interest groups are increasingly sensitized and recognize the importance of a credible contribution in the form of effective CO2 management by companies. Therefore, more and more companies are aiming for a climate-neutral economy.
Please take the opportunity to give us feedback on the technical implementation and the economic effort you have made.
Do you see a need for concrete text proposals for warning and safety instructions for your company - with regard to content, for the entire mechanical and plant engineering sector?
The Technical Regulation TR EAWU 048/2019 "On the Energy Efficiency Requirements for Energy Consuming Appliances" will enter into force in the Eurasian Economic Union (EAWU) no earlier than 01 September 2021.
The VDMA is strongly advocating the use of the digital operating manual. What results have been achieved?
As of October 1, 2020, electrical equipment for use in explosion-protected areas may no longer be imported, sold or produced without the CCC label.
Information on requirements for personal protective equipment, disinfectants and 3D printers helps to eliminate procurement bottlenecks.
Measures to reduce the spread of the corona virus also have some consequences for activities in the field of AwSV.
The preservation of production is vital for companies. What protective measures must the employer take? How are they to be seen organizationally?
The Federal Ministry of Education and Research has issued a funding guideline that links digital technologies with environmental technologies to develop innovative, sustainable products, processes and services in the application fields of water management, sustainable land management and geotechnology as well as resource efficiency and recycling management.
Manufacturers who are covered by the CTAC approval application in the field of decorative chrome plating must participate in the preparation of the substitution plan.
In order to make it easier for companies to switch production to medical equipment, the relevant standards are currently available free of charge.
The DAkkS has currently stopped the on-site assessments. These will be replaced by remote assessments.
The European Commission has launched a consultation on the revision of the so-called CSR (Non-Financial Reporting Directive). We call on the member companies to participate (possible until 14.5.)
Under the motto "closing the loop", the EU Commission has presented its new, Circular Economy Action Plan. It includes much more than saving resources and implementing recycling.
The German federal government examines the extent to which companies based in Germany comply with their human rights due diligence obligations. Decisions on further legal steps are dependent on this.
The Federal Government launches a company survey ("Monitoring") on the subject of human rights. The VDMA expects the course to be set for future requirements. A participation of as many companies as possible is therefore essential!
In North America, the requirements for safe commissioning of machines are different from those in Europe.
Exports to Saudi Arabia are subject to registration - according to the Saudi Arabian Organization for Standards, Metrology and Quality (SASO).
As of January 2021, there are new obligations for suppliers of articles in which substances on the REACH Candidate List (SVHC) exceed 0.1 percent by weight.
In the currently presented draft of ProgRess III, the Federal Government proclaims among other things an extension of the non-financial reporting obligation.
Figuring at the top of the agenda and the three words on everyone’s lips in Brussels, the Green New Deal positions the new European Commission as a global leader on climate action. VDMA European Office takes a look at the planned measures and their potential impact on the mechanical engineering sector.
VDMA welcomes the Commission proposal for a Green New Deal. This is an encouraging first step on the path to reaching the EU’s climate targets which puts industrial policy back on the European Commission’s agenda. Mrs von der Leyen has shown her Green Agenda is more than an election campaign and is prepared to act.
The statistics on installations subject to mandatory inspection published by Destatis in November 2019 show that most of the installations inspected in 2018 had no or only minor defects.
The European Parliament and the Council have agreed on a compromise on the classification of Sustainable Ffinance, the so-called EU Taxonomy.
For many companies in the mechanical and plant engineering industry, fulfilling the manufacturer's obligations under REACH and RoHS poses a major challenge. The VDMA now provides its members with non-binding handouts which can be used to design company-specific communication of "REACH and RoHS information" in the respective supply chain.
Since the debate on plastic waste in our oceans dominates the public discussion, the transformation of our economic into a circular economy has been on top of the agenda.
On the occasion of the High-Level Political Forum for Sustainable Development of the United Nations, the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) is now making data on the 17 global sustainable development goals (SDGs) of the United Nations available on a new online platform.
Version 2.2 of the new guideline for the Machinery Directive is now available. Read the official legal interpretation on machine safety.
The CSR Risk Check is aimed at all companies that purchase or trade raw materials, products or services nationally or internationally. It's good to know what risks your company is exposed to along the supply chain.
The VDMA has long been fighting for the manufacturer's self-declaration in the marketing of European machine and plant engineering products. In the future, this point of view should be represented even more intensively in countries outside the European Economic Union.
On 25 November 2019, the Federal Environment Ministry published the first Ordinance amending the Ordinance on Installations for Handling Substances Hazardous to Water (AwSV).
The public consultation on hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment is open until 6 December 2019 (midnight Brussels time).
The invitation to tender for the German Environmental Award 2020, which as every year is awarded by the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU), has begun.
The catalogue of installations requiring monitoring in Section 9 of the Product Safety Act is to be updated, as the catalogue dates from the 1950s.
With the online tool due diligence ready! the European Commission wants to support small and medium-sized enterprises in the responsible procurement of minerals and metals.
Climate change is at the top of the agenda: this applies to politics, legislation and business.
VDMA calls on its members to participate and provides extensive support material. The deadline for the Federal Government's current monitoring of the National Action Plan for the Economy and Human Rights has been extended to 31 October.
At their meeting on 4 October, the environment ministers of the EU member states adopted conclusions on "More circularity - Transition to a sustainable society".
Products such as refrigerators, electric motors or welding equipment are in future subject to new requirements for example concerning energy efficiency.
From 1 October 2020, electrical equipment for use in explosion-protected areas may no longer be imported, sold or produced without China Compulsory Certification (CCC) and the CCC label.
For a long time, the mechanical and plant engineering industry was convinced that regulations such as REACH and RoHS had a maximum indirect impact on it. Today, the customer demands "REACH and RoHS conformity" - even before the contract is concluded.
The DAkkS decision 03/2018 had caused a sensation in some areas. In order to remove ambiguities, the parties concerned discuss the text with the DAkkS.
The Indian government has commissioned the preparation of a set of rules for the placing on the market of machinery.
With the declaration of the Circular Plastic Alliance, the EU is taking an important step towards more recycling in Europe.
The public consultation on the assessment of restrictions on the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (RoHS) has started.
The topic of sustainability is increasingly becoming the focus of companies. Family businesses are often at an advantage because sustainability is almost a component of their DNA.
From 1 September to 15 October 2019, companies that stand up for social, societal and ecological responsibility can apply.
The catalogue of requirements of the current version of NR 12 represents an outstanding step towards the European Machinery Directive.
With this monitoring, the Federal Government would like to obtain a comprehensive evaluation of the state of implementation of human rights due diligence by companies based in Germany.
At the beginning of August, the Federal Environment Ministry (BMU) initiated the official association hearing on the amendment to the Closed Substance Cycle Waste Management Act. The deadline for comments is 9 September 2019.
The EU Commission has carried out a public consultation on "Sustainability requirements for batteries" in order to assess opportunities to promote the sustainable design and use of batteries.
Sustainable finance: On 18 June 2019, the Technical Expert Group (TEG) published its Technical report on EU taxonomy. The report sets out the basis for a future EU taxonomy in legislation.
The use of the accreditation symbol, e.g. for marketing purposes, is regulated in DAkkS document 71 SD 0 011, but questions arise again and again.
Cybersecurity needs further legislation to allow the Internal Market to make an effective contribution to digitisation.
Sustainable development aims to continuously improve the quality of life and well-being of citizens without compromising the well-being of future generations. This includes striving for economic progress while respecting the protection of the natural environment and promoting social justice. For these reasons, sustainable development is one of the most important tasks in the fundamental and overarching objectives of the European Union. Progress towards the objectives agreed at the United Nations will be regularly monitored and reported on.
The population assesses environmental and climate protection by relevant actors (industry, federal government, municipalities) as insufficient.
The planned changes for version 2.2 of the Guidance Document are summarised in a working document available before the publication of the Guidance Document.
On 27 May 2019, the EU Commission launched a public consultation to review the Industrial Emissions Directive. Feedback is possible until 19 August 2019.
On 22 July 2019, the so-called "open scope" of the RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU will enter into force. From that date, the substance restrictions will apply to a further wide range of electrical and electronic equipment.
The EU Commission has published guidelines for reporting on climate-related information, which in practice consist of a new addition to the existing non-financial reporting guidelines, which continue to apply.
The VDMA will also be represented in the new appointment period of the Industrial Safety Committee and will chair it.
On 24 May 2019, VDMA members exchanged views with industry representatives on Industry 4.0 and OPC UA, changes to CCC and new requirements of exhaust gas legislation.
The current concept of the Brazilian Machinery Safety Directive NR 12 reduces bureaucratic effort and defines responsibilities more clearly.
Retailers in France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain are experiencing growing consumer demand for sustainably sourced products. Many work in partnership with their suppliers, both within and outside the European Union, to implement environmental and social standards in their companies. This was the result of an ITC business survey in five EU countries.
Version 2.1 of the official guide to the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC has been available since June 2017. Now available: The german translation.
Expectations of the Federal Government and possibilities for implementation
Many countries have or are developing product requirements for machine safety and environmental protection. Machine manufacturers are therefore often forced to build machines differently. To make matters worse, there are mandatory third party tests. Instead, the VDMA advocates effective market surveillance.
The "Implementing Decision (EU) 2019/436" with an unconsolidated list of harmonized standards caused a stir about the status of EN ISO 12100.
The Energy Efficiency Networks Initiative honoured the participants in three particularly innovative energy efficiency networks. Among the winners was also the "VDMA Energy Efficiency Network Voith Turbo" (sponsor: VDMA). The other two award winners are the "SIHK Network for Energy and Resource Efficiency (REGINEE Südwestfalen)" (winner: SIHK Hagen/ VEA) and the "Klimapakt Münchner Wirtschaft" (winner: City of Munich).
The European Parliament adopted the new Market Surveillance Regulation in its plenary session on 17 April. Online trading should be better captured.
In its new main report "Our Common Digital Future", the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU) calls for digital change to be shaped in such a way that it serves as a lever and support for sustainability.
On 11 and 12 April, the EU Member States and the EU Commission will once again deal with the approval of chromium VI in the REACH Regulatory Committee under the regime of the European Chemicals Regulation REACH.
The application phase for the German Innovation Award for Climate and Environment (IKU) started on 27 March. Until 28 June 2019, German companies and research institutions with outstanding innovations in the field of climate and environmental protection can apply for the award, which has already been announced for the seventh time.
When it comes to machinery, the question arises as to whether the EU Declaration of Conformity or the Declaration of Incorporation has a validity period and whether the manufacturer should note the validity period.
As part of its Sustainable Finance Action Plan, the Commission has launched a consultation with the aim of establishing new guidelines for companies' reporting on climate-related information.
Britta Albl
Britta Albl
Assistant to Naemi Denz,Member of the Executive Board, Head of Technical, Environmental Affairs and Sustainability, Managing Director Waste and Recycling Technology
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Dr. Sarah Brückner
Dr. Sarah Brückner
Geschäftsführerin FV Abfall- und Recyclingtechnik / Abteilungsleiterin Technik, Umwelt und Nachhaltigkeit
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