The directive 2000/9/EC
The Directive 2000/9/EC
The Directive 2000/9/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 March 2000 relating to cableway installations designed to carry persons applies to:
funicular railways and other installations with vehicles mounted on wheels or on other suspension devices where traction is provided by one or more ropes;
aerial ropeways where the cabins are lifted and/or displaced by one or more carrier cables; this category also includes gondolas and chair lifts;
drag lifts, where users with appropriate equipment are dragged by means of a rope.
The purpose of the Directive is to allow for the free movement of safety components and subsystems of cableway installations in the EU’s internal market, while maintaining a uniform and high level of safety.
The application of harmonised standards is a way of demonstrating, without other special justification, compliance with the essential requirements. However, other specific evidence (safety studies, other standards, testing, etc.) can also be advanced to establish the conformity of safety components or subsystems. Harmonised standards are not mandatory. While compliance with harmonised standards implies the presumption of conformity with the essential requirements, failure to comply with a standard does not imply non-observance of a requirement.
Only notified bodies may carry out the conformity evaluation of safety components and subsystems. They are designated by the government of the Member States to which they belong.
Two annexes of the directive plan for the evaluation procedures: the first one defines all possible modules of evaluation for safety components (B, D, F, G, H) and the other one gives the evaluation procedure for subsystems.
Notified bodies only assess safety components and subsystems; they do not assess infrastructure or whole installations.
Manufacturers freely choose their notified body.
The list of notified bodies is available on the database NANDO
Information for manufacturers
The manufacturer is responsible for ensuring conformity with all relevant directives for the purpose of placing a product on the EU market.