The advantages of thermal spray technology open an increasing number of applications in several fields. However, it has to be considered that thermal spray processes contain several, partly substantial potentials of danger. As other machinery in Europe, thermal spray equipment is subject to essential health and safety requirements. This paper lists the necessary steps for the manufacturer to develop and to bring into market machinery and parts of machinery that are in conformity with the CE requirements. “CE” represents “Communauté Européenne”, the French term for the European Community. The directives, codes and legal basics, the procedure of risk assessment, the requirements to the technical documentation as well as the conditions regarding declaration and marking are discussed under the point of view of thermal spray. Some sections treat the status of modified and reconditioned machinery, the duties of users of thermal spray equipment as well as similarities and differences in the requirements in Europe to other markets.

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