DIRECTIVE 2006/42/EC ANNEX X


ANNEX X
Full quality assurance
This Annex describes the conformity assessment of machinery referred to in Annex IV, manufactured using a full quality assurance system, and the procedure whereby a notified body assesses and approves the quality system and monitors its application.
1. The manufacturer must operate an approved quality system for design, manufacture, final inspection and testing, as specified in point 2, and shall be subject to the surveillance referred to in point 3.
2. Quality system
2.1. The manufacturer or his authorised representative shall lodge an application for assessment of his quality system to a notified body of his choice.
The application shall contain:
— the name and address of the manufacturer and, where appropriate, his authorised representative,
— the places of design, manufacture, inspection, testing and storage of the machinery,
— the technical file described in Annex VII, Part A, for one model of each category of machinery referred to in Annex IV which he intends to manufacture,
— the documentation on the quality system,
— a written declaration that the application has not been submitted to another notified body.
2.2. The quality system must ensure conformity of the machinery with the provisions of this Directive. All the elements, requirements and provisions adopted by the manufacturer must be documented in a systematic and orderly manner, in the form of measures, procedures and written instructions. The documentation on the quality system must permit a uniform interpretation of the procedural and quality measures, such as quality programmes, plans, manuals and records.
It must contain, in particular, an adequate description of:
— the quality objectives, the organisational structure, and the responsibilities and powers of the management with
regard to the design and quality of the machinery,
— the technical design specifications, including standards that will be applied and, where the standards referred to
in Article 7(2) are not applied in full, the means that will be used to ensure that the essential health and safety
requirements of this Directive are fulfilled,
— the design inspection and design verification techniques, processes and systematic actions that will be used
when designing machinery covered by this Directive,
— the corresponding manufacturing, quality control and quality assurance techniques, processes and systematic
actions that will be used,
— the inspections and tests that will be carried out before, during and after manufacture, and the frequency with
which they will be carried out,
— the quality records, such as inspection reports and test data, calibration data, and reports on the qualifications
of the personnel concerned,
— the means of monitoring the achievement of the required design and quality of the machinery, as well as the
effective operation of the quality system.
2.3. The notified body shall assess the quality system to determine whether it satisfies the requirements of point 2.2.
The elements of the quality system which conform to the relevant harmonised standard shall be presumed to
conform to the corresponding requirements referred to in point 2.2.
The team of auditors must have at least one member who is experienced in the assessment of the technology of the
machinery. The assessment procedure shall include an inspection to be carried out at the manufacturer's premises.
During the assessment, the team of auditors shall carry out a review of the technical files referred to in point 2.1,
second paragraph, third indent to ensure their compliance with the relevant health and safety requirements.
The manufacturer or his authorised representative shall be notified of the decision. The notification shall contain
the conclusions of the examination and the reasoned assessment decision. An appeal procedure must be available.
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2.4. The manufacturer shall undertake to fulfil the obligations arising from the quality system as approved and to
ensure that it remains appropriate and effective.
The manufacturer or his authorised representative shall inform the notified body which approved the quality
system of any planned change to it.
The notified body shall evaluate the proposed changes and decide whether the modified quality assurance system
will continue to satisfy the requirements referred to in point 2.2, or whether a re-assessment is necessary.
It shall notify the manufacturer of its decision. The notification shall contain the conclusions of the examination
and the reasoned assessment decision.
3. Surveillance under the responsibility of the notified body
3.1. The purpose of surveillance is to make sure that the manufacturer duly fulfils the obligations arising out of the
approved quality system.
3.2. The manufacturer shall, for inspection purposes, allow the notified body access to the places of design, manufacture,
inspection, testing and storage, and shall provide it with all necessary information, such as:
— the documentation concerning the quality system,
— the quality records provided for in that part of the quality system concerned with design, such as the results of
analyses, calculations, tests, etc.,
— the quality records provided for in that part of the quality system concerned with manufacture, such as inspection
reports and test data, calibration data, reports on the qualifications of the personnel concerned, etc.
3.3. The notified body shall conduct periodic audits to make sure that the manufacturer is maintaining and applying the
quality system; it shall provide the manufacturer with an audit report. The frequency of the periodic audits shall be
such that a full reassessment is carried out every three years.
3.4. Moreover, the notified body may pay the manufacturer unannounced visits. The need for these additional visits and
their frequency will be determined on the basis of a visit monitoring system managed by the notified body. In particular,
the following factors will be taken into account in the visits monitoring system:
— the results of previous surveillance visits,
— the need to monitor remedial measures,
— where appropriate, special conditions attaching to approval of the system,
— significant modifications in the organisation of the manufacturing process, measures or techniques.
On the occasion of such visits, the notified body may, if necessary, carry out tests or have them carried out in
order to check the proper functioning of the quality system. It shall provide the manufacturer with a visit report
and, if a test was carried out, with a test report.
4. The manufacturer or his authorised representative shall keep available for the national authorities, for a period of
ten years from the last date of manufacture:
— the documentation referred to in point 2.1,
— the decisions and reports of the notified body referred to in point 2.4, third and fourth subparagraphs, and in
points 3.3 and 3.4.
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