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Accredited European Testing And Certification Of Safes And Strongrooms

Insurance Safes Ireland

Accredited European Testing And Certification Of Safes And Strongrooms

There is and likely always will be a great deal of misleading information regarding European certification and testing circulating within the safe and vault industry in general but the problem is particularly acute in Ireland. Many people confuse in house testing or manufacturer testing with proper accredited European testing to the detriment of both the customer and the industry. Many others do so deliberately as misleading information is often intentionally circulated by individuals, manufacturers and organisations in Ireland and the UK to promote the sale of untested safes with no proven resistance to attack or second hand safes which will often contain asbestos and other harmful substances.

EU regulation 765/2008 created the system that provides the legal basis of accreditation for the certification of safes to European standards (ISO/IEC 17065). A system backed by regular auditing and market surveillance. An accredited certificate or certification badge for a certified safe should clearly show ISO/IEC17065 accreditation. This is not only proof of standard for litigation purposes but the only basis for recommended insurance rates in Europe.

Accredited Testing Of Safe And Strongrooms:

  • Accredited testing laboratories in Europe must have accreditation according to ISO/IEC 17025 to carry out testing of the specific security products being tested in accordance with the relevant European standards.

The laboratories who are currently authorised to test safes and strong rooms are:

  • CNPP Centre National de Prévention et de Protection – France
  • Fraunhofer Institut für Kurzzeitdynamik Ernst-Mach-Institut (EMI) – Germany
  • Istituto Giordano s.p.a. – Italy
  • MPA Braunschweig – Germany
  • SBSC Svensk – Sweden
  • VdS Schadenverhütung GmbH – Germany

The basic requirements for a laboratory are; 

  • Accreditation according to ISO/IEC 17025
  • Certified quality management system
  • Auditing by at least one accredited external certification body
  • Comparison tests in the respective field of competence ISO/IEC 17025, the main ISO standard used by testing and calibration laboratories for which laboratories must hold accreditation in order to be deemed technically competent.

This covers;

  • Management of impartiality
  • Non-discriminatory conditions
  • Structural requirements

Once a test is complete an external certification body who witness the test, studies the test report and makes a decision on the grading of a safe or strongroom. 70% of the time additional tests are often deemed necessary. The reasons for these tests are justified to the manufacturer in writing. European certification bodies also carry out periodical external quality surveillance audits at all safe and strongroom manufacturing plants which produce certified products during which it is ascertained whether production is based on the approved technical documentation.

Accredited Certification Of Safes And Strongrooms

  • European bodies certifying safes must have accreditation according to ISO/IEC 17065 to carry out the certification of the specific security products they are certifying. These standards are required for, management of impartiality, ensuring non-discriminatory conditions and to verify structural requirements so that results can be relied on.

This covers;

  • Management of impartiality
  • Non-discriminatory conditions
  • Structural and technical requirements

Certification Bodies Currently Authorised Certify Tests Of Safes And Strongrooms Are:

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  • ECB-S – Germany
  • VdS Schadenverhütung GmbH – Germany
  • CNPP Centre National de Prévention et de Protection – France
  • SBSC Svensk – Sweden

European Fire Standards For Safes

European fire tests for safes EN15659 or EN1047-1 are the most comprehensive and reliable currently conducted. Unlike other tests such as the NT017 Swedish fire test, under European testing, safes in a series of differing sizes are tested. This more accurate testing will often produce a range of different fire ratings for safes in the same series. This never happens with NT017.

The requirements of European fireproof safe and cabinet testing include a fire endurance test, in the course of which the temperature increase in the interior of the fireproof unit is measured. Additional impact tests are also carried out on data safes and cabinets to simulate the impact of structural components in the course of a fire. 

Crucially, accredited European Certification is proof of standard for insurance, GDPR and litigation purposes which can make all the difference in a worst-case scenario.

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Protection class quality characteristic for fireproof protection
European Standards EN1047-1, EN1047-2 and EN15659

Protection classes of products for the protection of data and systems
Product Protection class Certification
Light fireproof unit LFS 30 P EN 15659
LFS 60 P EN 15659
Data cabinet S 60 P EN 1047-1
S 120 P EN 1047-1
S 60 D EN 1047-1
S 120 D EN 1047-1
S 60 DIS EN 1047-1
S 120 DIS EN 1047-1
Diskette insert DI 60 P/DIS EN 1047-1
DI 120 P/DIS EN 1047-1
Data container C 60 D EN 1047-2
Data room R 60 D
Type A
EN 1047-2
R 60 D
Type B
EN 1047-2

The abbreviations in the table stand for:

  • Fireproof - Light fireproof storage unit to EN 15659
  • S  - Data cabinet to EN 1047-1
  • DI - Diskette insert for installation into a data cabinet of protection class S 60 P and S 120 P
  • C - Data container to EN 1047-2
  • R - Data room to EN 1047-2
  • 30 - Exposure to flames for 30 minutes
  • 60 - Exposure to flames for 60 minutes
  • 120 - Exposure to flames for 120 minutes
  • P - Suited for heat sensitive paper documents with stress limits up to 170°C
  • D - Suited for heat and humidity sensitive data media with stress limits up to 70°C and 85% air humidity
  • DIS - Suited for heat and humidity sensitive data media with stress limits up to 50°C and 85% air humidity

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