In this section you will find the latest news and press releases on Liftinstituut.

Over recent years, Liftinstituut received the necessary accident reports of children getting trapped in glass lift doors, as their little hands were dragged along by the slip-resistant glass. This is urging for a warning for lift users and for lift owners to take extra safety precautions. Information officer Koos van Lindenberg: “The number of accidents reported to Liftinstituut is not indicative. In real life, this number is much higher. This is why we advise parents to see to it that their children do not put their hands on the glass lift doors. And we urge glass lift owners to take additional precautions where necessary.” 


Hitachi’s PES-02 electronic safety controller is a SIL 3 certified electronic safety device that is intended to be applied as an 'add-on system', independent from the lift control system. It is certified by Liftinstituut.


Liftinstituut is involved in all aspects of safety. We therefore take seriously our social responsibility to make lift and escalator users aware of how to use them safely. And so, as part of the annual Safety Awareness Week, last year the Liftinstituut developed a teaching package for primary schools.


The transitional period which allowed to apply EN 81-20/50 as well as EN 81-1+A3 ends August 31, 2017. Today EN 81-20/50 is used more and more which also leads to questions of interpretation and interpretation requests. As it is not possible to update the standard accordingly on short notice but useful to have these interpretations available, working group 1 (CEN TC10 WG1) formulated answers and collected them in a Q&A document. For now these interpretations and Q&A document are made available on AFNOR website. In a later stage they will be handled in the update of EN 81-20/50. Remaining interpretations will be taken over in the update of EN 81-11.

The world will soon get to see the first passenger lift made of composite materials. The Singapore Lift Company (SLC) revealed the prototype on January 11. The lift, known as “8”, uses lightweight composite materials and marks a shift away from steel, the material that is used traditionally in the manufacturing of lifts. The lift has been given a concept approval from Liftinstituut.


Liftinstituut is delighted to announce that on 21 October 2016, it signed a cooperation agreement with the Elevator Test Centre at Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU ETC).


The EU Guide to the implementation of directives based on the New Approach and the Global Approach (the ‘Blue Guide’) was published in 2000 and is now updated.


Updating was required to cover new developments and to ensure the broadest possible common understanding on implementation of the New Legislative Framework (NLF) for the marketing of products. This new version of the Guide will therefore build on the past edition, but include new chapters, for example on the obligations of economic operators or accreditation, or completely revised chapters such as those on standardisation or market surveillance. The Guide has also been given a new title reflecting the fact that the New Legislative Framework is likely to be used, at least in part, by all types of Union harmonisation legislation and not only by the so-called ‘New Approach’ directives.


Last week, Liftinstituut CEO John van Vliet represented Liftinstituut at a meeting of an international panel of experts organized by the Singapore government. Owing to the many accidents involving lifts and escalators in the last year, the government of Singapore is committed to developing an effective policy on lift and escalator safety. 


Liftinstituut was asked to address this select group about lift regulations in Europe, and how safety inspections are handled in the different member states. Based on the information from Liftinstituut, the panel of experts will in turn advise the Singapore government about the prospective policy and the setting up of an inspection regime. 


Many types of products may only be traded within the European Economic Area (EEA, composed of the Member States of the European Union plus Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein) with a CE marking. The CE mark (and related EC or EU declaration of conformity) shows that a manufacturer certifies that a product conforms to the applicable European product directives. The Machinery Directive (2006/42/EC), the EMC Directive (2014/30EU) and the Low Voltage Directive (2014/35/EU) along with about 27 other product directives are examples of European product directives that require CE marking.


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.