Machine constructors must produce their machines in accordance with all applicable law and regulations. Otherwise they will not be able to place a CE marking on them. CE marking requires expertise and a certain level of due care. CE-related activities mainly involve compiling the required documentation (including risk analyses and directive verifications).

In-depth knowledge about norms and European directives is thus essential. However, besides knowledge about legislation, it also required practical engineering experience. Preferably accompanied by a lot of practical understanding and viable custom-made solutions. And that is exactly what ESV can offer.

Customisation in machine safety

Thanks to around 30 years’ CE experience, ESV Technisch Adviesbureau is able to offer a comprehensive tailor-made service. From inspecting specific parts of your own work, to complete peace of mind for the whole CE process. All options are possible. Our CE consultants are perfectly placed to know what you must look out for when compiling a variety of documents. After all, it is what we do for a living; since 1993…


Why is it necessary? Allow us to explain!

Mandatory process

All constructed machines must comply with requirements in the Machinery Directive and related directives.


Anyone who builds a machine is liable for the machine in question. You can avoid extra liability by constructing your machine with a presumption of conformity.

Yes, you will remain liable for the product you supply. The cases in question normally relate to injuries. Should you ever be held liable for an injury caused by your machine, the technical file will prove that you comply with all legal requirements.

How is this done? The following 11-step plan shows you how:

  1. Definition of machine (intended use), also for changes to existing machines
  2. Determination of applicable EU directives
  3. Risk assessment
  4. Evaluation against fundamental requirements in applicable directives
  5. Tests and trials (if applicable)
  6. Procurement (sequential liability)
  7. Drawing up user instructions
  8. Drafting technical file
  9. Certification procedure (is a certification body needed?)
  10. Drawing up EC Declaration of Compliance
  11. Applying CE marking on machine