Legal basis

The provision of technical documentation is required in directives and laws. Relevant EC directives apply for manufacturers in the EU. The legislator specifies that both products and operating manuals must be designed in accordance with the state-of-the-art.

The state-of-the-art is reflected in the currently valid international,
European and German standards:

  • Product Liability Act
  • Equipment and Product Safety Act
  • Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC
  • DIN EN ISO 12100-1/-2 Safety of machinery – Basic concepts, general principles for design
  • DIN EN 82079 Preparation of instructions – Structuring, content, presentation
  • Low Voltage Directive 2014/35/EU
  • Electromagnetic Compatibility 2014/30/EU
  • Equipment in potentially explosive atmospheres (ATEX) 2014/34/EU
  • Pressure Equipment Directive 2014/68/EU
  • tekom directive on the creation of safety instructions in operating manuals
  • ISO/IEC GUIDE 37 Instructions for use of products of consumer interest
  • DIN EN 15038 Translation services
  • VDI 4500-1 Technical documentation – User information
  • DIN Technical Report 146 Technical product documentation – Operating manuals for plants – Guideline for summarising information from operating instructions for individual components
  • Etc.

We deal with these standards and specific issues relating to legal security on a daily basis. Why not have your documentation checked? A documentation check comprises:

  • Analysis of your operating manual on the basis of the relevant standards
  • Report on shortcomings in the documentation with suggestions for optimisation
  • Discussion of the results in your company