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Accredited European Certification

In a hardening insurance market accredited European burglary resistance certification is essential legal proof of standard for a business or home safe.

The ultimate protection against misrepresentation and a legal proof of standard of burglary and fire resistance, accredited European certification is the most important factor in maintaining insurance cover long term and for certain types of businesses ensuring regulatory compliance. EU Parliament regulation 765/2008 created the system that provides the legal basis of accreditation for the certification of safes to European standard EN1143-1 (The Safe Standard) and related standards such as EN15659 (Light Fire Standard) and EN1047-1 (The Data Standard). European accredited certification for safes and strongrooms is backed by regular auditing, market surveillance and is verifiable, proof of standard for both insurance and litigation purposes. 

A safe with properly accredited European certification will display at least one stamped metal certification plate on the inside of the door. This will always be displayed on a stamped metal plate, never a sticker

Indication Of Safe Certification Plate

If you consider that 70% of safes tested for burglary resistance by accredited European testing labs fail on the first attempt the implications of accepting unaccredited claims of burglary or fire resistance are obvious.

An accredited certification plate for a safe will display the logo of an accredited certification body, burglary resistance grade and most importantly confirmation that the certification body is accredited to ISO/IEC 17065, legal assurance that the certifier is accredited under European law. The same information will be available on accredited certification documents which are freely available and should always be asked for.

  Recognising Accredited Certification

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 and VDS but any of the four logos below may appear on a genuine certification plate.

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Certified Safes EN1143-1

EN1143-1 is the burglary resistance standard for safes, strong rooms, and ATM safes - Grades for safes in this standard currently range from 0 to XIII. 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.

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Deposit Safes EN1143-2

EN1143-2 is the burglary resistance standard for deposit safes - Grades in this standard currently range from I to V. Resistance to attack rises by 50% between grades. No deposit safe has a certification for fire resistance. A deposit safe that displays the certification standard EN1143-1 is a modified unit. Any previous certification the unit may have had is void as the safes barrier material will have been extensively breached. All certification plates on such a unit should be removed.

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Secure Cabinets EN14450

EN14450 is the burglary resistance standard for secure safe cabinets - Grades in this standard range from S1 to S2, both of which have an attack resistance lower than a grade 0 certified safe. Resistance to attack between S1 and S2 rises by 150% but it must be emphasised that only light hand tools are used in testing of these units. Certification for fire resistance will appear separately on such a unit. An EN14450 Secure Safe Cabinet is not a safe. An ethical safe supplier will never misrepresent an EN14450 Secure Safe Cabinet as a safe.

secure safe cabinet EN14450

Fire Protection For Paper EN15659

EN15659 is the “Light Fire Storage” certification standard (LFS). Units tested to this standard are designed to provide differing levels of protection against fire usually from 30 minutes (LFS30P) to 60 minutes (LFS60P). The certification plate for light fire storage will appear separately to a burglary resistance certification that may appear on the unit. Air humidity is not measure for this standard.

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Fire Protection For Data EN1047-1

EN1047-1 is the data standard for safes and cabinets. S60P and S120P are standards for the protection of paper documents both having an internal temperature limit of 170°C during testing. Units marked S60D and S120D have an internal temperature limit of 70°C and a humidity limit of 85% during testing. Units marked S60DIS and S120DIS have an internal temperature limit of 50°C and a humidity limit of 85% during testing. Certification plates for this standard will appear separately to any burglary resistance certification that may appear on the unit

Data Cabinet EN1047-1

ATM Safes EN1143-1 (ATM)

EN1143-1 is the burglary resistance standard for safes, strong rooms, and ATM safes. Grades for ATM safes in this standard currently range from I to IV. Resistance to attack rises by 50% between grades however the top of ATM safes, where electronics may be situated are not tested against attack. Overall attack survival times are up to 20% lower when compared to safes or strongrooms of the same grade.

ATM safes

Strongrooms EN1143-1 (Strongroom)

EN1143-1 is the burglary resistance standard for safes, strong rooms, and ATM safes - Grades for strongrooms range from 0 to XIII. In the case of strongrooms both the strongroom and the strongroom door will display separate certification plates to avoid confusion between a room fitted with a strongroom door and an actual fully certified strongroom. Certification for fire resistance will appear separately to any burglary resistance certification that may appear on a strongroom.

Strongroom Door

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  Important Warning Re: LPCB (UK)

LPCB (UK) has never been an accredited certification body for the burglary resistance of safes in Europe yet have issued certification badges in the same format as properly accredited certification bodies for many years. Notably however an ISO/IEC17065 accreditation which will be present on an accredited certification badge is absent on LPCB badges. The fact that LPCB claim to certify their own tests also runs counter to any norms in Europe where both the tester and the certifier are required to be independent bodies. LPCB certification claims should not be confused with properly accredited European certification which has a basis in law as proof of standard and on which all safe ratings in Europe are based.


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Alan Redd Certified Safes Ireland NSAI

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).

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