In August 2023, a new standard EN 280-1:2022 was harmonised, covering the compliance of Mobile Elevating Working Platforms (MEWPs). Originally published in February 2022, this standard will ultimately supersede EN 280:2013+A1:2015, which also remains a harmonised standard for MEWPs until 2nd February 2025. Until this date, both standards will therefore represent ‘state-of-the-art’ for products placed on the market in the EU.

The new standard introduces a number of changes to the calculation methods and testing requirements, as well as some required physical modifications to some MEWP types. It is therefore important that manufacturers understand the updates that will be required to their machines and the associated technical files to ensure ongoing compliance in the future.

Alongside the updates resulting in EN 280-1:2022, a new standard EN 280-2:2022 has also been harmonised for load lifting devices fixed to the extending structure of MEWPs. This standard provides manufacturers with detailed requirements for the design and integration of these devices and enables Notified Bodies to robustly assess them through Type Examination.

At the time of writing, the position of the UK government with respect to designation of EN 280-1:2022 and EN 280-2:2022 (the GB equivalent to harmonisation) has not yet been confirmed, but the approach to previous standards strongly suggests that the dates adopted for designation will align with the EU.