The General Product Safety Directive 2001/95/EC requires that only "safe products" can be placed on the European market. A "safe product" includes an operating manual/manual and instructions. For operating manuals, different terms are used in the guidelines, such as Operating instructions according to Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC and Pressure Equipment Directive 2014/68/EU, ...

An incorrect, incomplete or incomprehensible manual is a defect - just like a failure on product itself.

Siehe OLG München, Urteil vom 09.03.2006, Az. 6 U 4082/05 - Amtl. Leitsatz: [We apologize, this document is not available in English]
1. Eine Kaufsache ist mangelhaft im Sinne des § 434 BGB, wenn die Bedienungsanleitung in wesentlichen Punkten unvollständig oder fehlerhaft ist, sodass bei entsprechendem Gebrauch der - ansonsten einwandfreien - Kaufsache Fehlfunktionen auftreten.
2. Für ein ordnungsgemäßes Nacherfüllungsverlangen im Sinne des § 439 BGB reicht es in diesem Falle aus, wenn der Käufer die aufgetretene Fehlfunktion beschreibt. Es ist Sache des Verkäufers, zu erkennen, dass die Ursache dieser Fehlfunktion in einer Unzulänglichkeit der Bedienungsanleitung besteht, und dem Käufer die nötigen ergänzenden Bedienungshinweise zu geben. Solange das nicht geschieht, besteht der Mangel fort.

Concerning guidelines and standards, you can see the following relevent requirements to the content of an operating manual/ manual:

Operating Instructions for a machine according Machine Directive 2006/42/EC
Operating instructions according to the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC, Annex I - Point with the following information:

  • Description of the machine: as marked on the machine itself
  • Technical Documents
  • Description of the intended use of the machine
  • warnings
  • installation instruction
  • Notes on the commissioning and operation of the machine
  • Hints on installation, transport and storage
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repair and maintenance work
  • etc.

Manuals for partly completed machinery according to the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC
Installation instructions for the partly completed machinery according to the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC of Annex VI. In the assembly instructions for partly completed machinery must the conditions that must be met for the incomplete machine can be assembled properly and without affecting the safety and health of persons with the other parts of the complete machine.

Operating instructions according to ATEX Directive 2014/34/EU (94/9/EC)
All equipment and protective system operating instructions must be available that includes the following minimum information:

  • the information with the marking equipment or protective systems with the exception of the batch or serial number and, if relevant to maintenance Notes (Eg address, repairer, etc.);
  • Information for safe: commissioning, use, installation and dismantling, maintenance (servicing and emergency repair), installation, set-up;
  • necessary, an indication of the danger areas in front of pressure relief devices;
  • where necessary, training;
  • Information which unequivocally allow a choice of whether the use of a device (corresponding to a specific category) or a protective system in the intended area under the expected operating conditions without risk;
  • electrical and pressure parameters, maximum surface temperatures and other limit values;
  • necessary, special conditions of use, including any reference to an unintended use which may use;
  • necessary, the essential characteristics of tools which can be fitted to the equipment or protective system.
  • etc.

Operating instructions according to the Pressure Equipment Directive 2014/68/EU
When marketing is the pressure equipment, if necessary, be accompanied by instructions for the user, containing all the necessary safety information on the following:

  • Mounting including assembling of different printing devices
  • Commissioning
  • Usage
  • Maintenance including checks by the user
  • etc.

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