LPCB "Certification" & The AIS Approved Scheme
What You Should Know About LPCB "Certification" & The AIS Approved Scheme
Unaccredited certification marks appearing on safes, fire cabinets or vaults is still a widespread issue in Ireland. There are a wide range of "certificates" or "approvals" available from official sounding bodies but there are only a handful of bodies who have European accreditation to ISO/IEC 17065:2012 for certifying safes in Europe. Currently the most common European accredited certifiers that appear in the Irish market are ECB-S, VdS, CNPP & SBSC
Two prominent examples of badges mistaken for accredited certification in Ireland are:
Certified By LPCB (UK) - This U.K. body which is part of the BRE is not accredited to ISO/IEC 17065:2012 to certify safes. This badge therefore should not be taken as an equivalent to accredited certification for safes in Europe. Some insurance brokers may not realise that LPCB is unaccredited to this standard as a certifier for safes but the final responsibility for ensuring that this fact is highlighted lies with the client and the safe supplier.
A.I.S. Approved - A U.K. organisation who do not claim to be a certification body. The A.I.S. produce a list of approved safes and distribute A.I.S. stickers to the industry in the U.K. however the opinion of the A.I.S. is of no relevance to insurance rates for safes in the Republic of Ireland and should not be relied upon even as a guide to safe identity.