Second-hand machinery and conversion of machinery

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Apart from two exceptions, second-hand machinery does not fall within the scope of the Machinery Directive. The two exceptions are:

  • Machinery imported into the EEA for the first time must meet the requirements of the Directive even if it is second-hand; and
  • Second-hand machinery that has been subject to important changes as part of conversion measures is considered to be new. It is not always easy to judge whether a converted machine should be considered to have been subject to important changes or not. Help can be found in the interpretation paper on substantial modification to machinery, published by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs.

More information can be found on the website of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs.

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