SEMI Introduces a New EU Machinery Directive Working Group

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SEMI Introduces a New EU Machinery Directive Working Group

Changes to the EU Machinery Directive

SEMI would like to inform you of the revised and amended EU Machinery Directive (MD), a directive ensuring safety and health requirements in the design and operation of machinery. The New EU MD 2006/42/EC will have an impact on the semiconductor industry, when it becomes effective on December 29, 2009.

The new MD replaces the current MD, which becomes invalid as of the above date. There is no overlap and among the most significant changes is that for all products shipped on or after that date, all Declaration of Conformity and Declaration of Incorporation documents must change to reflect the new MD as of that date. However, the directive goes deeper than that, and some have significant concerns about the interpretation and implementation of the Directive.

Establishing NEW Working Group

To address possible industry-wide compliance challenges of these changes, the SEMI ICRC held a set of meetings in July. Meeting participants agreed to establish a brand new SEMI Machinery Directive Working Group, which will operate under the guidance of the SEMI International Compliance and Regulatory Committee (ICRC). The SEMI Machinery WG will lead and coordinate industry-wide efforts to developing recommended compliance approaches and solutions.

EU Machinery Directive Forum

To facilitate easy communication, the WG has created a NEW internet forum called the "Semiconductor Industry EU Machinery Directive Forum" on SemiNeedle - a free online community where semiconductor industry professionals collaborate and share information. In the Forum, WG members will have access to shared resources. To make the WG effective, the co-chairs want to ensure that member concerns and issues in interpreting and complying with the new Directive are addressed.

More information on the EU MD 2006/42/EC:

To join the free SEMI Machinery Working Group, please complete a very simple WG membership form located here:

To join the SemiNeedle Semiconductor Industry EU Machinery Directive Forum, click the “Request to join” link located at the forum:

If you have questions about the new Machinery Directive or the Working Group, please contact Sanjay Baliga at

August 11, 2009