Publications and resources
On 6 March the European Commission’s relevant unit informed us that they had rejected the publication of references of EN 81-70:2018 in the Official Journal of the EU under Directive 2014/33/EU on lifts and safety components for lifts, and that a likely consequence is that CEN will need to further improve the standard. In doing so, the Commission expects CEN to “carefully listen to all concerned parties”. Presumably our expressed concerns weighted in this positive outcome, although the Commission’s decision was motivated more largely by “a number of issues related to compliance of EN 81-70 with the Commission Standardisation Request M/549 and the applicable drafting rules for standards”.
In the EU, still missing so far are the national measures of implementation of the Treaty for the following EU countries: Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Portugal and Slovenia.
Outside the EU: no new ratification or accession to the Treaty elsewhere in Europe.
The European Parliament plenary approved the text on 14 March. The next and final step towards the adoption of the directive is the Council’s approval. No date communicated for this yet.
Coincidentally, also on 14 March, CEN announced the publication of the EN 17161 on Accessibility following a Design for All. See the ANEC press release.