The European Commission’s DG GROW (Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs) has launched a reflection on the future revision of the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC.
The aim is to introduce the requirements of the new European legislative framework (which dates from 2008) and thus comply with certain regulations and decisions. Member States must also take a position on whether the Directive addresses issues related to new technologies such as robotics or artificial intelligence (AI).
Thus France has set up a working group, which brings together various stakeholders (FNSEA, CGT, INRS, COPREC, FIM, FNTP and EUROGIP) to develop its position. Led jointly by the Ministries of Labour and Agriculture, the group met in mid-September to discuss the issue of AI. Further meetings are already planned, in particular to analyse applications of machines already in service and having an AI. The objective is to compare IA aspects with the essential health and safety requirements of the Directive and thus contribute to identifying the requirements that need to be completed or created.