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If you consider that 70% of safes that are tested by accredited European testing labs fail on the first attempt, the implications of some manufacturers and safe suppliers displaying unaccredited "certification" badges that claim to comply with European standards is obvious.
All properly certified safes, cabinets, data units and strongrooms will display an accredited certification plate that is clear and easy to understand. Certification plates should state the products' description, display the logo of an accredited certification body and indicate that the body is accredited to ISO/IEC 17065.
This is a verifiable assurance that the unit in question has been tested and certified under the strictest criteria for the relevant standard. A reputable supplier will always provide accredited certification documents for a safe, cabinet or strongroom and the unit itself will have at least one certification plate which can be located on the inside of the door. This will always be a stamped metal plate, never a sticker.
- Above all, accredited European certification is verifiable assurance that a safe, cabinet or strongroom has been tested and certified under European law. This is proof of standard for insurance, GDPR and litigation purposes.
What Accredited Certification Looks Like
Accredited Certification Logos:
Below are logos of four certification bodies with European accreditation to certify safes. The example images of certification plates below them are from ECB-S but any of the four logos below may appear. NOTE: ISO/IEC17065 certifier accreditation displayed on badges.
• Certified Safes EN1143-1
EN1143-1 is the burglary resistance standard for safes. Resistance to attack rises by 50% between grades. Certification for fire resistance will appear separately to any burglary resistance certification that may appear on a certified safe.
• Certification Of Fire Resistance EN15659 / EN1047-1
There are too many examples to count of "safes" it is claimed have a fire "rating", "approval" or are "tested" for fire resistance. In Europe the only fire standards for safes and data cabinets that have accredited certification are units certified EN15659 for paper and EN1047-1 for documents and data. Accredited European fire tests include multiple size testing and a 9-meter drop test after furnace testing.
The Primary Method Of Establishing A Safe's Certification Is To Open It
When a safe is certified according to European standards it has a certification badge fixed to the inside of its door stating the model name, the test grade achieved, the name of the certification body, its weight and type.
All certified and tested safes will display certification plates on the inside of the main door.
Remember: To issue an accredited certification of a safe or vault test the issuing body must be accredited to certify such tests. An accreditation to test safes is not the same as an accreditation to certify.
All certified safes tested to the EN1143-1 (non deposit) or EN1143-2 (deposit) standard are tested as they were manufactured and are certified once the test is complete to their proven level of resistance.
Once a test certificate has been issued for a particular product only very minor alterations may be permissible such as a lock upgrade or an alarm cable track.
Any physical alterations to the unit such as suction tube, capsule deposit, rotary deposit drum or envelope slot will make the EN1143 certification void for insurance purposes.
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Certified Safes Ireland™ director Alan Donohoe Redd is a member of the European CEN263 Working Group responsible for writing European Standards for safes, strongrooms (vaults), secure cabinets and physical data protection for the European Union. A registered NATO supplier and a longstanding member of the European Security Systems Association, Alan has a vast range of experience spanning almost 40 years and encompassing installation of safes, strongrooms, physical data protection, CCTV, alarms, access control, secure storage control systems and Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) specification, design, and installation.
Alan is an expert on standards and fraud issues related to secure storage in Europe and the UK, has had articles related to these subjects published by The Law Society Gazette and Irish Broker Magazine, has forced retractions of multiple false claims related to secure storage offerings to the public, including some published by the Irish Times, and has been pivotal in having misleading standards and practises recognised and withdrawn in Ireland, the UK and at a European level.
Alan’s expertise has been relied upon by;
N.A.T.O. Europe, The U.S. Air Force (Europe), PayPal (Worldwide), Grant Thornton, The Department Of Communications (Cyber Security) (Ireland), The Revenue Commissioners, Electricity Supply Board (Cyber Security) (Ireland), The Danish Defence Forces (Afghanistan), The Insurance Institute of Ireland, The Royal College Of Surgeons, BFC Bank, Interxion Data Centres, The Private Security Authority, Isle of Man Gold Bullion, Brown Thomas, Bvlgari, Druids Glen, The Shelbourne, and many others ....
Alan's seminars on safes, strongrooms and HNW secure storage have been part of Continuing Professional Development for underwriters and insurers having been awarded CPD points by the Insurance Institute of Ireland and the Chartered Insurance Institute (UK).