National legislation of EU member states relating to lift safety has been replaced by the European Lift Directive. This directive has two important objectives:
- To remove trade barriers: lifts and safety components produced in line with the directive may be traded freely throughout the EU.
- To improve safety: the directive sets stringent requirements when it comes to safeguarding health and safety.
The directive gives lift manufacturers greater design freedom. It’s now possible to choose alternatives to the possibilities offered by the harmonized European standards. But any alternatives chosen must meet the fundamental health and safety requirements laid down by the directive. Conformity with these requirements must be demonstrated by a risk assessment.
If you’re a manufacturer of lifts and safety components, you must establish that products meet the requirements stipulated by the directive. You can do this by using one of several conformity procedures. Depending on the procedure chosen, you and/or a designated certification organization (Notified Body) can take the required actions. If you choose to perform these actions yourself, you must work with a quality assurance system which has been certified by a Notified Body. This system must incorporate the requirements laid down by the directive.
You can choose the conformity procedure which best suits your needs.
New directive in force since 20 April 2016
On 20 April 2016 the new Lift Directive has come into force in every European member state. In contrast to the new EN 81-20 and EN 81-50 standards, there is no transition period. Luckily the consequences of this new directive are not so bad.