New elevator standards used in Europe for lift design were began to use in 2014. These standards are named as EN 81-20:2014 and EN 81-50:2014. Both of them are began to use on 1 September 2017 instead of the old standards (EN 81-1 and EN 81-2). To minimize the risk of doors making contact with passengers exiting or entering the elevator car, a new standards has made a non-contact detection system mandatory. Furthermore, mechanisms worked with photocell technologies will not be compliant with the new standards. Saving the passengers from the elevator during the fire is very important. Materials used for cabin walls, floors and also ceilings were updated and have now meet the fire classification requirements cited in EN 13501-1. Also, cabin walls, landing and car doors must meet updated technical requirements.
With the new standards, lifts are now required to include a cabin door locking mechanism that prohibits the doors from being opened from inside of the cabin when the car is outside the unlocking area. Strength of the cabin and landing doors materials is able to withstand effect force equivalent to a passenger clashing with the door at running speed. The new standards require higher levels of lighting in both the elevator cabin and the shaft, with the aim to provide passenger accessibility and safety. Cabin lighting should provide an illumination intensity of 100 lux (was 50 lux in previous standard). Lighting should be placed at a height of 1m in the cabin near to emergency push buttons. Shaft lighting must provide illumination of 50 lux and 1 meter above the car roof within its vertical projection. There is also a new requirement for emergency lighting, its illumination must be 5 lux for one hour. With the help of the new standards accessibility, safety and comfort of the passengers may be improve.