The EU has set requirements for the design and approval of lifts, cf. EU Directive 2014/33. Lifts must meet a number of standards and safety requirements before they can be taken into use. Approved lifts must have a CE mark, provided by a notified body.

Danish rules regarding the use and erection of elevators are compiled in Arbejdstilsynet's executive order 461 of 23 May 2016 on use, etc. of lifts, escalators and similar machinery.

Before lifts are taken into use, they must be CE-marked by a notified body. To become a notified body in this area, the Danish authorities require that accreditation has been achieved. DANAK provide such accreditation.

Lifts must be inspected and tested at fixed intervals by an accredited inspection body. Also, lifts must be controlled at regular intervals by a company holding an accredited certification. Repair and maintenance of lifts must be carried out by a company holding an accredited certification in this area. The owner of the lift is responsible for having it inspected, tested and controlled.

DANAK offers accreditation to inspection and to certification of companies conducting the controls, maintenance and repair. Inspection is carried out by accredited inspection bodies, while controls are carried out by companies certified to ISO/IEC 9001 to carry out such tasks.

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  • The inspection body must be accredited to ISO/IEC 17020.
  • The inspection body must meet the requirements for independence and impartiality as described for a type A inspection body in the said standard. This means that the inspection body must be independent of both the owner of the elevator and the  company carrying out controls.
  • The scope of accreditation must include a reference to Executive Order 461/2016 § 14.

Read more about inspection here.



The certified company responsible for the control, maintenance and repair of lifts must be certified by an accredited certification body.

Accreditation of these certification bodies is based on the standard ISO/IEC 17021-1 on certification of management systems, while the scope of accreditation includes § 12 of the Executive Order 461/2016.

Read more about certification of management systems here.