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Testing and approval of cranes, hoists and load handling devices

Certification and CE examination in the logistics industry

Certification and CE examination in the logistics industry

Global expertise in certification and testing for hoists and cranes

Regardless of lifting equipment such as crane, load handling device, sling, elevating work platform and construction site hoist, or machines for transportation of goods and/or persons, the approval requirements and conformity assessment measures must always be complied. For example, Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC in European countries such as Norway, Iceland and Switzerland.

Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC, international directives/standards such as ASME, ASTM, as well as national regulations defines the minimum binding requirements for these machines and systems. Due to enforced regulation, Machinery Directive is also legally binding in the other countries outside Europe such as Cyprus and Turkey.

TÜV SÜD provides legal security and practical support for Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC and other international/national standards, as well as necessary approvals and certification. We can also help you with worldwide approvals and certifications acceptance for your machinery.

To access TÜV SÜD's international network of crane and hoist experts and learn how we can support your EC-type examinations, reach out to us at [email protected] or +49 89 5791-1816


TÜV SÜD's hoists and cranes certification services 

TÜV SÜD offers a wide range of testing, inspection and review services for conformity, EC-type examination and other certifications according to both international and national standards. Our highly experienced team provides:

  • Certification and approval of the machinery such as crane, hoist, load handling device or sling, elevating work platform, construction site hoist and/or other machinery type for the European and/or worldwide market e.g. USA, Canada, China, Singapore and Israel
  • Conformity assessment, EC-type examination and CE marking according to Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC and assessment conforming to other international standards (ASME, ASTM, AS etc.) and national regulations
  • Support from product design to global market access
  • Support with regards to standards applicability and interpretation
  • Evaluation of safety-related controls (e.g. EN ISO 13849-1) and electrical equipment
  • Verification of technical documentation from operating instructions to strength calculations
  • Moderation and support of risk assessments according to EN ISO 12100 and recommendation of security measures
  • Examination of technical design of machines and systems (mechanics, electrics, electronics, software, hydraulics and pneumatics)
  • Testing of Driverless Transport Systems (DTS)/ Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV)
  • Analysis and calculation of strength, fatigue, stability and vibration
  • Functional, electrical and mechanical safety for Driverless Transport Systems (DTS)/ Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV)
  • Review and carry out risk assessment for DTS/AGV with regards to man-machine interfaces, occupational safety and special hazards on:
    -Dynamic adjustment/switching of safety fields
    -Position detection to avoid collisions
    -Mixed driving and passenger traffic
    -Human-machine interfaces
    -Errors in the dynamic parameterisation of safety fields



  • Gain legal certainty and avoid liability risks and/or sanctions. This is applicable to manufacturers and distributors as products may only be brought onto the market in the EU if all the requirements of the Machinery Directive have been met
  • Create trust and provide security to your customers as the safety-related design of your machines and systems is verified and documented by recognised experts
  • Practical and safety-oriented solutions
  • Investment security as you gain decision-making authority on safety-related aspects from planning to implementation
  • Access to TÜV SÜD's international network of experts
  • High level of acceptance for your products thanks to the familiarity of TÜV SÜD brand and the world-class reputation

You are well advised with TÜV SÜD. As an accredited and notified body, we are your partner for all questions related to the conformity assessment procedures of the EC Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC as well as the examination based on international standards (ASME, ASTM, AS etc.) and national regulations



TÜV SÜD's Hoists and Cranes department offers globally recognised testing and certification services for the industry. We are a trusted and independent third-party solution provider of impartial inspection and assessment services. Our customers can leverage on our world-class expertise in the form of best practices and industry foresight, as well as our outstanding worldwide reputation.

As an accredited Notified Body in many countries, we provide premium end-to-end solutions, from product development to global market access and operator training. With our years of experience and know-how in inspection and certification in all major global markets, we ensure the safety and productivity of your cranes and construction machinery.

Our experts are members of various technical committees and actively participate in the development of European and international standards. This ensures that they are completely familiar with state-of-the-art technology and statutory regulations. We also utilise innovative systems such as eDocX- our web-based logbook, and Endocheck- our endoscopic technique for cost and time efficient inspections.

Get in touch with us today at [email protected] or +49 89 5791-1816 to access our international network of crane and hoist experts and learn how we can support your EC-type examinations.


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