Interpretations Website

Standards reflect the consensus of the best European expertise and are prepared with highest care. Product standards cannot be formulated in such a way that they describe all possible technical solutions and therefore exclude all uncertainties regarding the understanding of the required provisions. On the other hand technology is in a permanent evolution, the progress of which cannot be incorporated into standards quickly enough.

Interpretations are a practical way to give:

  • answers to questions regarding the understanding of clauses in standards;

  • feedback to the CEN-Committee responsible for a standard about the practical experiences resulting from the use of the standard;

  • guidance to further development and improvement of standards following:

    • experience, especially accidents and incidents;

    • progress in technology;

    • state of the art.

Information concerning the procedure developed by CEN/TC 10 concerning the elaboration of interpretations is shown in CEN Technical Report CEN/TR 81-10.

Interpretations aim to improve the understanding of the clause(s) they are referring to and by that facilitating common understanding between manufacturers, lift installers, notified bodies, inspection bodies and national authorities.

Interpretations do not have the same status as the standards to which they are related. However, the application of interpretations should give to the interested parties confidence that the relevant standard has not been wrongly applied.

It should be noted that none of the interpretations presented on this site constitutes a legally binding interpretation of the Lifts Directive (Legally, only the text of the Directive is authentic), but it is reference document :

  • drafted following the procedure described in CEN/TR 81-10 of CEN/TC 10,

  • validated by all European stakeholders, and

  • aiming to allow uniform application by all parties.

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