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Inspection of Lifts (Amendment) Regulations


From: Ministry for Tourism and Consumer Protection
Malta Competition and Consumer Affairs Authority)
​Published: 3 February 2021
Running till: 24 February 2021
​Last Updated: ​14 July 2022

Final Expert Report Public Consultation - Inspection of Lifts (Amendment) Regulations.pdfFinal Expert Report Public Consultation - Inspection of Lifts (Amendment) Regulations.pdf

Original Consultation

1.        Background​

Locally, the regulatory framework for lifts consists of two main pieces of legislation, namely, the Lifts Regulations (S.L. 427.37) and the Inspection of Lifts Regulations (S.L. 427.63).

The Lifts Regulations were introduced in 2002 by means of LN 370/2002 and applied lock-stock-and-barrel the provisions of the first Lifts Directive (Directive 95/16/EC). Hence, even before Malta’s accession to the EU, a regulatory framework was already in place to ensure that lifts and their components are placed on the market and installed in accordance with the latest regulatory developments at EU level.

In 2014, the Lifts Directive received an overhaul through Directive 2014/33/EU. This Directive was transposed locally in the Lifts Regulations, 2016 and regulates all aspects related to the placing on the market, installation and conformity assessment of lifts and their safety components.

The Inspection of Lifts Regulations were introduced in 2007 and represented Malta’s endeavour to ensure that following their installation, lifts remain safe through preventive maintenance and periodic inspections carried out by Authorised Conformity Assessment Bodies (‘ACABs’). The Inspection of Lifts Regulations also ensure that installed lifts are gradually modernised throughout their lifetime to improve their safety.

Whilst the Lifts Regulations received an overhaul through the transposition of the Lifts Directive (Recast) in 2016, the Inspection of Lifts Regulations remained unchanged since their introduction in 2007. To ensure that the legal framework remains effective in ensuring that lifts remain safe throughout their lifetime, the Inspection of Lifts Regulations underwent a ‘fitness-check’ to
 identify rooms for improvement in terms of applicable safety standards, coherence with the Lifts Regulations and overall procedural efficacy. In this regard, a series of legislative amendments are being proposed to the current Inspection of Lifts Regulations.

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·         Disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act (Chapter 496)
As we are a public authority all documents we hold, including documents related to this public consultation process, may be released following a request to us under the Freedom of Information Act (Chap. 496), unless such request may be subject of an exemption arising from the same Act.​

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