The EN 81-20-standard is applicable in Europe. The ISO standardisation committee, TC 178, adapted this as an ISO-standard: the ISO 8100-1. The contents of this ISO-standard are basically identical to the EN 81-20 which is prepared by the European CEN TC 10-comittee. The same also applies to the ISO 8100-2 which is similar to the EN 81-50. These ISO-standards will probably be published at the end of 2017. This is another step in the process of transferring the EN 81-20/50 to ISO-standards ISO 8100-1 and ISO 8100-2. And because the contents are the same, both the ISO 8100-1/2 and the European standards EN 81-20/50 can be used by the industry. This is something which also allows a smooth transition for the industry.



Standards, of course, are dynamic and amendments are an ongoing process. The result of the amendment currently being prepared for the European and ISO-standards will be merged in an amended version of the EN-ISO 8100-1 and -2. This amendment of the standard is planned to be completed by December 2020. This is exactly according to the planning of the ISO-development roadmap. As planned, the EN 81-20/-50 will be withdrawn in this same timeframe meaning that, in the near future, only ISO standards detailing requirements for lifts will be available.


  • ISO 8100 will be used for passenger and goods lifts
  • ISO 8101 for fire safety on lifts
  • ISO 8102 for electrical matters
  • ISO 8103 for escalators
  • ISO 8104 for the improvement of existing lifts and
  • ISO 8105 for other lifting appliances.


Upcoming amendments to the European and ISO-standards

The most important topics involving amendments include alternative means of suspension, such as belts or coated ropes which are currently being used in lifts. Another amendment concerns the use of automatic rescue devices, as an option, to move the lift to a specific floor to allow passengers to leave the car safely. There also will be a review of the need for additional instructions or procedures related to entering and leaving the lift well properly. This could be, for example, the use and check of stop switches in the pit or on the car roof before entering the pit or respectively the car roof. A review of the requirements for programmable electronic safety systems (PESS) will also be considered.