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Practice seminar: Efficient CE-Marking and Risk Assessment of machinery and plants according to Machinery Directive

In just two days, you will learn how to meet the requirements of the Machinery Directive as efficiently as possible and what you need to do and document within of risk assessments.

Since 1994 we have been conducting seminars on the subject of CE-Marking of machinery.

The aim of this seminar is to give you and your employees a quick overview of,

  • which requirements directives and standards place on designers,
  • how standards can be used as valuable reference works, and
  • how you can meet the legal requirements as quickly, efficiently and unbureaucratically as possible.

Key success factors: Safe design + efficient CE processes

The legally required integration of safety into design processes is one of the most important success factors for the development of sufficiently safe machinery or plants!

Therefore we dedicate the first day of this seminar to the practical implementation of legal requirements in daily construction processes - without legal details! Pure practice!

On the second day you will learn everything you need to know for an efficient and pragmatic implementation of the legally required conformity assessment procedure.

seminar program

Day 1: Designing safe machinery - Risk assessment in practice

Introduction and Overview

  • The important role of designers in CE processes.
  • Introduction example: Why apparently good solutions do not always meet the legal requirements.
  • Legally required risk assessment: WHO must WHEN do WHAT?
  • Cooperation between different departments: Mechanical engineering, control engineering, technical documentation,...
  • Security is (mostly) created in the team: Important interfaces to subcontractors and customers.
  • What does "safety integration" mean?
  • Which standards support safe design? Do they have to be applied?
  • Caution when delegating design work or risk assessments to third parties!
  • Attention! The design must be based on the law, not (only) on customer requirements!


Systematic risk assessment in accordance with EN ISO 12100

  • Risk assessment according to EN ISO 12100 - How to meet legal requirements as efficiently as possible!
  • What has to be considered in the "foreseeable misuse" - and what not.
  • Picture 1 from EN ISO 12100 as a perfect guide through the risk assessment and risk reduction.
  • Connections between EN ISO 12100 and the control engineering standards EN ISO 13849-1 and EN ISO 13849-2.


Technical and design requirements

  • Which technical requirements are required by law.
  • Strategies for the "inherently safe design".
  • Why protective devices (e.g. light curtains) are not always suitable to achieve the required risk reduction.
  • Calculation example for electro-sensitive protective devices (ESPEs).
  • What you should pay attention to when selecting guards or protective devices.
  • When guards must be interlocked - when tumblers are required.


By means of several exercises and examples, you will learn the practical procedure for pragmatically identifying relevant hazards in the design process, assessing the associated risks and selecting and documenting suitable (and economically justifiable) solutions for risk reduction.

You will learn why some designers tend to exaggerate safety solutions and sometimes incur high costs for their company or the customers. Less is often more - but only according to the legally permitted concept!



Day 2: Efficient CE-marking according to Machinery Directive

Response to basic questions:

  • The two most important points for efficient implementation of the requirements of the Machinery Directive.
  • What are the risks in the event of non-compliance with the Machinery Directive?
  • What causes high "CE costs" and how can they be reduced?
  • Who signs the declaration of conformity? Which prerequisites must be met?
  • Does it make sense to install a "person responsible" for CE-marking, e.g. a CE coordinator or CE representative?
  • Why these persons usually cannot assume responsibility for all design details and why the designers remain under obligation.
  • In which cases the use of external service providers can be worthwhile, for what they can assume responsibility and for what they cannot.


Step by step towards CE-Marking - legally secure and systematic:

  • Efficient project start: Why it is important to determine the "limits of the machine" as early as possible.
  • Classification of the product according to the Machinery Directive: Machinery, partly completed machinery, interchangeable equipment,...
  • Will several independent machines become a "whole of machines"?
  • Which guidelines must be observed in addition to the Machinery Directive?
  • Harmonized standards: What does "presumption of conformity" mean?
  • Short repetition: Risk assessment in practice (details will be provided on the 1st day of the seminar).
  • Compile technical file: Content, language requirements, significance in the event of complaints by authorities and courts.
  • Why it is important to also observe the formal requirements (language, form, ...) of the operating instructions and assembly instructions.


Cooperation between different specialist departments or subcontractors:

  • Inspection obligations in the procurement of machinery and components
  • What sales brochures have to do with product liability.
  • Can buyers trust CE?
  • Conversion of machines: When is there a significant change?
  • What interfaces exist between the departments or companies involved in a project (especially in industrial plant construction)?


Discussions, exercises and examples animate the course of the seminar.

Specially suitable for

    • designers and planners
    • technical and design managers
    • project managers
    • QM representatives
    • occupational safety officers and safety specialists
    • persons responsible for conversions and maintenance of machinery and plants
    • technical buyers (especially of industrial plants)
    • technical salesperson
    • standards officers
    • career starters in design departments

    Organizational matters

    Participation fee:

    • € 1.090,- plus VAT (two days)
    • € 650,- plus VAT (Participation for only one day)
      (incl. seminar documents, refreshments during breaks, soft drinks and lunch menu)
      All participants will receive a confirmation of participation.

    Seminar times:

    • 1st day: 9:00 am - ca. 16:30 pm
    • 2nd day: 8:30 am - ca. 16:00 pm

    VDSI-certified event
    For participation on both days you will receive:

    Non-binding advance reservation
    Take advantage of the possibility of non-binding advance reservation and secure your place. We will contact you if we need your definite promise or rejection.

    CE-Marking in Switzerland:

    For appointments in Switzerland, in addition to the above-mentioned contents, the special features of the Swiss regulations will be discussed.