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

‘At no time or place in the world has an elevator industry event ever been entirely focused on Elevator Safety with people from all aspects of the industry coming together for a sole safety goal, to save lives!’ Liftinstituut presented its ‘Integral Safety Vision’.


Ms. Sooeun Jang, General Director, Young Heung Iron & Steel Co., Ltd.: "At the beginning of this year we had our 8 x 19 (W) IWRC suspension rope for lifts with 6 and 6.5 mm. outer diameter certified by Liftinstituut in accordance with the European Lifts Directive 2014/33/EU. To obtain certification, the rope had to undergo a stringent evaluation by Notified Body Liftinstituut. It is our belief, that a Liftinstituut certificate, once obtained, is a very important element in the international marketing of the product.”


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.


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.