Lifting and mechanical handling appliances

The EEA Agreement contains rules on the harmonisation of essential health and safety requirements for lifts at EEA level. Essentially performing a dual function, the rules do not only promote the free movement of lifts within the EEA, but also guarantee a high level of safety for lift users and maintenance staff. While the provisions of the Lifts Directive are mainly addressed to lift installers and component manufacturers, they also have important implications for the owners and users of lifts. It is a New Approach Directive which promotes harmonisation through a combination of mandatory health and safety requirements and voluntary harmonised standards. Such directives apply only to products which are intended to be placed (or put into service) on the EEA market for the first time. The New Lifts Directive 2014/33/EU on lifts and safety components for lifts applies from 20 April 2016.

Lifts and mechanical handling appliances are covered by Annex II, Chapter III of the EEA Agreement.

This product sector is the responsibility of the Working Group on Technical Barriers to Trade, assisted by the Expert Group on Machinery.

See also:

DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROWTH) - Lifts

Officer
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