Lift Directive 2014/33/EU

Following the incorporation of the 2014/33/EU Directive, the CE mark represents a fundamental and obligatory requirement for the marketing and commissioning of lifts and the relative safety components. According to the directive, the manufacturers – installers are “responsible for the design, manufacturing, and installation” of the lifts and their components. It is up to them to declare the conformity and apply the CE mark.
Before the commissioning, each lift installation must be subjected to the evaluation of conformity to the requirements of the Lift Directive 2014/33/EU.

The CE mark, according to Directive 2014/33/EU represents an obligatory requirement for the release onto the community market and commissioning of new lifts.

According to the Directive, the installers are responsible for the design, manufacturing, and installation of lifts: it is up to the installer to declare the conformity of the system, following one of the procedures outlined by the directive and apply the CE Mark.

Field of application of the 2014/ 33/EU Lift Directive

The 2014/33/EU Directive applies to lifts in permanent service in buildings and facilities destined to transport:

  1. a) of people;
    b) of people and objects;
    c) only of objects, if the support of the load is accessible, or in other words, if a person can enter without difficulty, and is equipped with commands situated inside the load support or within reach of a person inside the load support.

It is also applied to the safety components for lifts listed in the Annex III and used in lifts indicated in the first clause.

  1. The following are excluded from the application of this directive:
  2. a) lifting devices with a speed that does not exceed 0.15 m/s;
    b) construction site lifts;
    c) cable systems, including cable railways;
    d) lifts specially designed and constructed for military purposes and for maintaining order;
    e) lifting devices from which works can be carried out;
    f) lifts used in mine shafts;
    g) lifting devices designed for use by artists during performances;
    h) lifting devices installed in transport vehicles;
    i) lifting devices connected to a machine destined exclusively for access to the workplace, including points of maintenance and machine inspections;
    j) cable railways;
    k) escalators and moving walkways.

Intervention of the Notified Body

Manufacturers and/or installers call upon, during the various phases of their activity, notified bodies, who are responsible for verifying and certifying the products and the installations, in order to be able to declare CE conformity.

ECO Certificazioni S.p.A. works as Notified body n. 0714 for the evaluation of the conformity of lifts according to the following procedures outlined in the Directive:

– Annex V “Final Exam”

– Annex VIII “Testing of the unit”

– Activities for the Certification of lift installations

The issuing of the certification therefore depends on the completeness and correctness of the dossier, documented by a test report, and on the correspondence of the product/system to the documentation evaluated.


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