Lifts provide an essential means of comfortable and safe access to modern buildings. The provision of lifts in new buildings and the installation of lifts in many existing buildings have an increasingly important role to play in an ageing society giving growing priority to the social integration of people with special needs.
The Lifts Directive 95/16/EC has the double aim of permitting the free circulation of lifts and its safety components within the internal EU market and ensuring a high level of safety for lift users and maintenance staff.
While the harmonised European legislation governing the design, manufacturer and installation of lifts is mainly addressed to lift installers and components manufacturers, it also has important implications for the owners and users of lifts.
The new Lifts Directive 2014/33/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 February 2014 on the harmonisation of the laws of the Member States relating to lifts and safety components for lifts (recast) (all languages), aligned to the , will be applicable from 20 April 2016.