FEM is an acronym for the European Organization of Transport Manufacturers (Fédération Européenne de la Manutention).

The main function of the FEM:

  • forge and document technical & safety standards as recommendations to the members of the organization
  • capture and distribute statistical information relevant to all member manufacturers  

The organization is subdivided into technical sections in which section IV handles material handling transport equipment and develops:

  • FEM Safety Regulations
  • Suggestions in performing stability testing (how to & results)
  • form a basis to coordinate standardization of the fork carriage dimensions 

The FEM has branches in many European countries, the (Nationalkommitees) is located in Frankfurt Germany:  "Deutsches Nationalkomitee der FEM" (im Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau e.V. (VDMA)) Frankfurt