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FEM activities on market surveillance 

European materials handling manufacturers must comply with numerous Directives and Regulations ensuring that the equipment they produce is intrinsically safe, safe to use by operatives and third parties, and meets environmental requirements. To meet these requirements, European manufacturers invest time, efforts and money.

Market surveillance plays a crucial role to ensure that safety and environmental regulatory objectives are reached and to maintain a level playing field in the EU by preventing unfair competition from non-compliant products. This section provides information on various initiatives undertaken by the European materials handling industry with the aim of fostering market surveillance in a proactive spirit. 

Policy documents

  • July 2013: CECE-CECIMO-CEMA-EUROMAP-FEM joint comments on MEP Ms. Pietikaïnen's draft report on the Market Surveillance proposal
  • May 2013: CECE-CECIMO-CEMA-EUROMAP-FEM joint position on the proposal for a Regulation on Market Surveillance
  • June 2012: FEM-CECE-CECIMO-CEMA joint position on market surveillance
  • January 2010: FEM Policy Paper 2009-2014

FEM initiatives

FEM 2010 Congress - Technical workshop on market surveillance

  • The Turkish experience, by Mr. Sürfyan Emiroglu, General Director, Turkish Ministry of Industry and Trade
  • The European framework, by Ms. Alexandra Jour-Schröder, Head of Unit Mechanical, Electrical and Telecom Equipment, DG Enterprise and Industry, European Commission

Joint initiative from several machinery sectors, including FEM, aiming at providing a resource database of technical guidance on compliance through a single access point for market surveillance authorities and market operators (importers, distributors, users).

European Commission's conference on market surveillance for machinery

Several representatives of the European materials handling industry spoke at a European Commission's conference on market surveillance for machinery that attracted over 200 delegates on 24 November 2011 in Brussels. More information is available on our "Events" section.

Video statements

Statement by John Meale, President of FEM

Statement by Ambrogio Bollini, President of FEM Product Group Industrial Trucks

Statement by Alan McIntyre, President of FEM Product Group Mobile Elevating Work Platforms

Product Groups initiatives

Guide for Identification of Non-Compliant Industrial Trucks

FEM Product Group Industrial Trucks is issuing thematic guidelines to help distinguish between compliant and non-compliant machinery by describing essential criteria which can be checked even without in-depth knowledge and technical information.

11.2010 Exhaust emissions (Dutch, English, Espanol, Italian, German)
03.2011 General safety & marking of machinery (Dutch, GermanEnglish, Espanol, Italian)
03.2011 (update) Outdoor noise (Dutch, English, Espanol, Italian, German)


Guide for Identification of Non-Compliant Tower Cranes

The Committee for European Construction Equipment (CECE) has issued a brochure on compliance of tower cranes, in cooperation with FEM Product Group Cranes & Lifting Equipment. The brochure is available in several languages: Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish.

Arabic version

English version

French version

German version

Italian version

Russian version

Spanish version

Guide for identification of non-compliant mobile cranes


Guide for Identification of Non-Compliant MEWPs

FEM Product Group Mobile Elevating Work Platforms has issued guidelines to assess compliance of MEWPs with requirements covering engine exhaust emissions, diesel engine compliance, noise emissions and warning & marking. 

Dutch; GermanEnglish; French; Espanol; Italian

National initiatives

Germany - VDMA action on non-compliant industrial trucks at CeMAT exhibition (25 May 2011)

VDMA Materials Handling and Logistics Systems Association carried out an inspection on industrial trucks displayed at CeMAT 2011 exhibition. The inspection revealed that over 50 exhibits did not meet European regulatory requirements related to machine safety, exhaust emissions and noise emissions. The information was provided to the Hannover Trade Supervisory Office, who further investigated and took action.

For a detailed report, see VDMA press release and article in



Following are links to national authority market surveillance contact points listed according to legislation :

Mechanical Engineering (General)

Directive 97/68/EC (Exhaust Emissions Non-Road Mobile Machinery)

Directive 2000/14/EC (Outdoor Noise)

Directive 94/9/EC (ATEX)

Directive 2006/95/EC (Low Voltage)

Directive 2004/108/EC (Electromagnetic Compatibility)

Directive 2009/125/EC (Ecodesign)