Two new European standards for lift design and manufacture will bring considerable benefits in terms of accessibility and safety for both passengers and service technicians.
The first, EN 81-20:2014, sets out revised and updated safety requirements for the construction and installation of elevators. The second, EN 81-50:2014, defines the test and examination requirements for certain lift components.
The new standards also clarify and improve the current building interface requirements. They replace the current EN 81-1 and EN 81-2 standards introduced in 1998, and all lifts taken into use after 29 November 2019 will be required to comply with the requirements of the new standards.