New European 'Machinery Regulation' to cover emerging agricultural technologies

August 4, 2023 by
Frank Calviño

The new "Machinery Regulation," which covers emerging technologies in the manufacturing and importing of agricultural machinery, will come into effect in three and a half years. Its purpose is to address the new scenarios arising from technological advancements.

This new regulatory framework for the agricultural sector addresses autonomous machinery, the Internet of Things (IoT), connectivity between equipment, Artificial Intelligence, learning techniques, and safety guarantees.

However, no transitional provisions exist between the Machinery Directive (the previous legal framework from 2006) and this new Machinery Regulation. 

According to the European Agricultural Machinery Association (CEMA), "Manufacturers, importers, and distributors will have to comply with the Machinery Directive until January 13, 2027, and with the new Machinery Regulation starting the next day."

Machinery Regulation aims to be future-proof

The regulation includes a wide range of standards that consider current technology.

Among the regulations, it is worth noting that self-propelled machinery must have a cabin for a seated operator when its use involves hazardous substances. Additionally, machines at risk of tipping over must produce audible and visual warnings if the seat belt is not fastened. And there are other similar measures.

Regarding autonomous machinery, the regulation introduces new requirements, such as the possibility of having a supervisor, a defined working area, and good communication between the operator and the machinery. It also includes the storage of related data for decision-making purposes.

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