EGMF’s work as an association revolves to a great extent around legislative activities of the EU which have a direct impact on our industry. Consequently, in 1998, with a view to enhancing its lobbying activities with the European institutions in Brussels and its contacts with decision-makers in the field, EGMF established its general secretariat with Orgalime, the liaison group of the European mechanical, electrical, electronic and metalworking industries. Today, EGMF provides for its members a single voice of the industry as well as a forum where European manufacturers can meet and work together.
As part of a continually growing industry, EGMF represents today more than the usual basic garden machinery: In a globalised market environment, more types of outdoor power equipment and machinery are available than ever before. The steady growth of robotic lawn mowers in use exemplifies how a new product can become subject to increasing regulatory provisions beyond purely mechanical legislation, but and also requirements on frequency/telecommunications or energy efficiency.
STANDARDS & TECHNICAL WORK
Besides EU legislation, standardisation activities are monitored by EGMF.
The standards are voluntarily applicable and are called EN standards. Some of these EN standards give presumption of conformity with certain EC Directives e.g. on machinery, health and safety. They are called EN harmonised standards and their references are published in the Official Journal.
European standards for mechanical garden and forestry equipment are the result of work in CEN/TC 144 Tractors and machinery for agriculture and forestry (WG6 portable forestry machinery and WG7 lawn and garden equipment). The catalogue of the published EN standards can found on the CEN website. There are published safety standards for powered lawnmowers, trimmers, motor hoes, cultivators, sprayers and liquid fertilizer distributors, irrigation machines, seed drills, shredders, chippers, lawn aerators, scarifiers, portable chainsaws and pole-mounted pruners.
European standards for electrical garden and forestry equipment are the result of work in CENELEC/CLC/TC61F Safety of handheld motor operated electrical tools (WG 5 garden appliances). The catalogue of the published EN standards can only be found on national CENELEC member websites.
EN standards are valid in EU Member States when they are published as national standards. A national standard in the EU has the same reference number as the EN European standard. Copies of national standards can only be bought at standards sales points in your country.
The standards are voluntarily applicable and are called ISO and IEC standards.
International standards for mechanical garden and forestry equipment are the result of work in the various working groups of ISO/TC23. The list of standards can be found on the ISO website.
International standards for electrical garden and forestry equipment are the result of work in the various working groups of IEC/SC61 F. The list of standards can be found on the IEC website.
As a result of the Vienna agreement, it is possible for work to be carried out in parallel between the European and international organisations.
Application of this EGMF standard is voluntary and open to all robot mower manufacturers. No patent on technology or device is required. The standard recommends a maximum current limiting the electromagnetic emissions through the guidance wires such that robot mowers can operate adjacent to each other.
EGMF encourages the application of this standard as it is a powerful means to avoid interference and to facilitate the operating efficiency of robot mowers.
The “BW” Mark can be used to show that the robotic mower system is compliant with the EGMF Boundary Wire Standard.
For more information on the EGMF Boundary Wire Standard and conditions for use of the “BW” Mark, please contact us.
Safety, quality and environmental performance are of paramount importance to EGMF members. We build products which fulfil the promises we make to our customers. They are compliant with EU legislation on safety, ergonomics and the environment. Our manufacturers explain how to handle and use their products safely. We have invested heavily in safety and environmental protection because we want to protect our customers from injury or death.
However, not all products on the market in Europe meet the same stringent safety and environmental levels. Testing has shown that counterfeit and non-compliant products are likely to present a safety hazard to consumers. It has also shown that these products are a hazard for the environment. By emitting excessive noise and/or polluting exhaust gases, they slowly endanger our health, our pets, wildlife living in the gardens/forests and future generations. These products gain an unfair competitive advantage from being non-compliant. They compromise the financial stability of our companies as we cannot compete with unfair methods. They cause increased unemployment in Europe by hampering investment in innovation and training, and they also reduce tax revenue for European countries. Consequently, we call for a common level playing field for competitors in the market with robust market surveillance being an extremely powerful tool to rid the market of counterfeit and non-compliant products.
An unsupervised market jeopardises the vision of a harmonised European market with free trading. A parallel market is established that fuels a parallel and grey economy. In addition this threatens EU legislation which is only respected if its application is monitored.
EGMF COMPLIANCE GUIDES
In September 2016, EGMF updated the first batch of six compliance guides and published a second batch of nine additional compliance guides. In April 2018, EGMF updated its compliance guides on ICE products and electrical products, as well as produced a new compliance guide for electric robotic mowers.
EGMF engaged in this exercise in order to assist market surveillance and border control authorities in checking the conformity of various types of garden machinery equipment entering the EU market.
To download these guides, please click on the links below.
INVOLVEMENT IN PROSAFE
EGMF is actively involved in PROSAFE (Product Safety Forum of Europe), a non-profit professional organisation for market surveillance authorities and officers from throughout the EEA (EU & EFTA countries). Its primary objective is to improve the safety of users of products and services in Europe. PROSAFE promotes informal discussions and cross border cooperation between market surveillance officers across Europe in order to share valuable information and learn from each other’s’ experience with the intention of enhancing market surveillance activities related to product safety. The activities, mainly Joint Market Surveillance Actions coordinated by PROSAFE are primarily funded by the European Commission.
PROSAFE has just launched its biggest Joint Action ever. In the timeframe 2005-2007, 35 market surveillance authorities from 27 EU Member States or EFTA countries will cooperate to target non-compliant products in five categories: safety barriers, LED and CFL lighting, noisy toys, fireworks and power tools.
The Joint Action serves several purposes: Firstly, to ensure the safety of consumers by identifying and removing unsafe products from the European market. Secondly to create equal terms and a “level playing field” for business and thirdly to support and increase the free flow of goods on the European market.
EGMF members’ choose technologies which provide the best solutions for customers whilst complying with safety and environmental responsibilities. Member companies have manufacturing, marketing, logistics and R&D facilities throughout the region. Thereby, our members contribute directly to the competitiveness of the European economy as well as to employment.
EGMF members develop and manufacture electric tools that meet established EN and IEC standards to ensure they are safe. Company experts take a lead in International and European standards development. European standards are usually based on IEC standards and are recognized, when harmonized, as supporting the essential health and safety requirements (EHSR) of the European Machinery Directive (2006/42/EC), as far as they are relevant for electric tools. Harmonized standards have been ratified by CEN/CENLEC consultants and thus deemed to provide a presumption of conformity with the Machinery Directive. These standards are regularly updated in the light of technical progress and to reflect changes in the state of the art.