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The Directive aims to harmonise the provisions of Member States' national legislation concerning lifts and their safety components. It is based on the principles of the "New Approach to Technical Harmonisation and Standards". In line with this new approach, the design and manufacture of lifts and their safety components is subject to essential health and safety requirements.
This Directive applies to lifts * permanently serving buildings and constructions and the safety components used in such lifts.
The Directive defines the essential requirements which must be met by lifts and their safety components in manufacture and prior to being placed on the market.
All lifts or safety components manufactured in conformity with the harmonised standards are presumed to conform to the essential health and safety requirements.
Harmonised European standards are drawn up by the European standardisation bodies on the basis of the essential requirements. The details of these non-binding standards are published in the Official Journal of the European Union.
All safety components manufactured in conformity with the harmonised standards are presumed to be such that the lifts in which they are installed satisfy the essential requirements concerned.
Conformity assessment and the CE conformity mark
Conformity assessment of lifts and safety components is carried out by:
- either the bodies designated by Member States in accordance with minimum assessment criteria and notified to the Commission and other Member States;
- or the manufacturers themselves.
Before being placed on the market, lifts and safety components must have the CE conformity mark affixed which:
- attests to conformity with this Directive;
- consists of a uniform graphic symbol, the CE mark;
- is affixed by the manufacturers or their authorised representative established in the Community.
Where a notified body is involved in the production inspection phase, its identification number is incorporated in the CE mark.
Where lifts or safety components are subject to other Directives providing for the affixing of the CE mark, the latter indicates that they also conform to the provisions of those Directives.
The "Machinery" Directive
The Directive 2006/42/EC aims to ensure the free movement of machines and their accessories whilst laying down essential requirements regarding the health and safety of consumers. In this context, it amends the present Directive given that the application of the Directive on machinery designed for lifting persons calls for a clearer distinction between the products covered by the two directives.
|Key terms used in the act|
|Act||Entry into force||Deadline for transposition in the Member States||Official Journal|
|Directive 95/16/EC||27.9.1995||1.7.1997||OJ L 213 of 7.9.1995|
|Amending act(s)||Entry into force||Deadline for transposition in the Member States||Official Journal|
|Regulation (EC) No 1882/2003||20.11.2003||-||OJ L 284 of 31.10.2003|
|Directive 2006/42/EC||29.6.2006||29.6.2008||OJ L 157 of 9.6.2006|
Successive amendments and corrections to Directive 95/16/EC have been incorporated in the basic text. This consolidated version is for reference purpose only.
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