What do your UKCA and CE Marking for machinery services cover?
Compiling the required technical documentation is a crucial step in both the UKCA and the CE marking procedure. Your technical file demonstrates how your machine conforms and would be the proof of due diligence in and defence following an incident such as an accident or market surveillance interventions blocking your machine from the market. The technical file is needed for demonstrating conformity with legislation, directives and regulations specific to the market where your machine will be placed. Whilst many aspects of it will be common, your procedure and technical file, that is derived from it, must meet the requirements of the different procedures and standards relevant to each market.
You may be requested to present the technical construction file to the authorities for at least 10 years after your machine has been manufactured. In the case of serial manufacture, this is 10 years from the last time the machine was put on the market or into service for the first time. It makes sense to compile and hold this technical file at a remote location to avoid it being lost or degraded over time.
You will rely on the structure and content of this technical file to demonstrate how your machine is safe. This requires that the contents of the technical file be derived from your design risk assessment and indexed to the Essential Requirements.
If you are a UK-based machinery, product or vehicle manufacturer, our certification specialists, here at Spiers Safety Engineering, can help you place your products on the UK or EU markets by handling all required technical documentation. With our expert services, you can build the perfect technical file and store it securely on the Cloud for over a decade.
The Spiers UKCA/CE technical file storage services include:
When you choose to work with Spiers, your UKCA/CE Technical File will be securely stored using our purpose-built compliance software – RiskMach. The RiskMach Certification Vault has a number of excellent features that help simplify the documentation process:
As you begin storing data on the RiskMach Vault, you will be asked to sign an agreement to make us your official authorised representative (AR) in the appropriate market (e.g. UK, EU. With decades of experience in certification of industrial machinery, the Spiers team will make sure that all UK and EU directives applicable to your specific machinery have been complied with so you can sell your machines safely.
There are specific requirements and legislation for the different types of products, so the documents you should include in your technical file will vary. That being said, some of the information required is common across a variety of products. As an example of what’s included in the typical technical file for UKCA/CE marking, here are some of the elements outlined in the Machinery Directive:
The enforcement authorities for the relevant legislation have the right to request the technical file of a machine for 10 years after it was last manufactured. Spiers acts as your authorised representative, so we are the point of contact for such queries and we facilitate the process.
We have been helping UK manufacturers with their machinery certification needs for decades, so our team has an in-depth knowledge of the relevant technical legislation, as well as any changes to the regulations. We will check the format and contents of your technical documentation and we will offer practical advice if you need to add or amend anything to achieve conformity.
If you can provide the authorities with the technical documentation they require, your machine may be pulled from the market and you may be liable for substantial fines. With Spiers and the RiskMach Certification Vault, this will never be a problem you will have to worry about as your technical file will be easily accessible in an instant on the Cloud.
Yes, you can make changes to the technical documentation using the RiskMach platform at any point and all relevant people will be notified immediately to ensure everyone involved has clear visibility of the ongoing compliance activities.