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The Commission proposal for a new regulation on machinery products is part of a wider 'Artificial intelligence (AI) package'. The specific proposal on machinery addresses a number of problems identified in the current EU framework:

- insufficient coverage of new risks stemming from the new digital technologies (such as AI, the Internet of things and robotics);

- legal uncertainty concerning the scope and definitions and potential safety gaps in 'traditional' technologies; insufficient coverage for 'high risk machines';

- costs due to the required paper-based documentation; inconsistencies with other pieces of product-safety legislation;

- divergences in interpretation across Member States due to transposition (hence the choice of a Regulation instead of a Directive).

Practical information

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