The "Maschinenrichtlinie" contains rules and regulations for the manufacturing of machines in the European Union. 

It was published first in May of 1989 with some revisions in 1991 and 1993. 

These rules and regulations show very high standards which have to be adhered to by all manufacturers located in the European Union states. There are no exceptions possible.

The "Maschinenrichtlinie" is available from the "Bundesanzeiger" in Cologne, Germany