On 29 December 2009, the new Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC came into force. This directive replaces the old Machinery Directive 98/37/EC. There is no transition period. The directive can also be important for lift manufacturers. The Lift Directive is distinct from the Machinery Directive and lifts must meet both directives.


A summary of the new directive

What does this new directive mean in broad terms for lifts and related equipment? The new Machinery Directive was introduced because the old one was no longer in line with the so-called ‘new approach’ applied to all directives. In addition, a number of products needed to be added to the directive’s application areas in order to clarify certain matters.


It was also clear that the wording of the old directive needed to be improved and that in some cases, like lifts, the distinction between directives should be clarified. The ultimate goal of the revised directive is to maintain Europe’s competitive position in the global market. A noticeable change is a limit to the validity period of a product certificate which is now five years. Liftinstituut Solutions offers advice and guidance on this.


One of the harmonized standards covered by the Machinery Directive is EN115-1:2008 Safety of Escalators and Moving Walks - Part 1: Construction and Installation. This standard explains the construction and installation of escalators and moving walks. It addresses significant hazards, safety requirements, protective measures, test reports and information related to safety. The standard’s appendices include illustrations and tables that further explain various concepts.