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Accredited European Certification - Legal Proof Of Standard For Insurance Cover.

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 certification body is accredited to ISO/IEC 17065. 

This is a verifiable assurance that the unit in question has been tested by an ISO/IEC 17025 accredited testing laboratory and that the results of testing have been certified by an independent ISO/IEC 17065 accredited certification body to the relevant standard and grade. Important proof of standard under European law for insurance, GDPR and litigation purposes.

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. 

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.

vds certification logo essa certification logo SBSC certification logo a2p certification logo

• 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.

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Professional Safe Anchoring

The 50kN (5.089 tons) Minimum (EN1143-1)

Certification is void for a safe not anchored correctly and there are many examples most insurers will be familiar with of a “safe” being removed from a premises because it was not anchored correctly if at all. It is a certification requirement under EN1143-1 that a safe is anchored however the EN1143-1 standard does not yet specify how this is to be achieved which often results in bare minimum, highly unsafe installations.

Certified Safes Ireland™ have always used anchoring methods designed to replicate standards used in EN1143-1 accredited laboratory testing as the best guide to making the unauthorised physical removal of our safes virtually impossible. This is done in a manner designed to achieve at least a holding force of 50kN (5.089 tons) for a safe up to grade III and 100kN (11.24 tons) over that grade. Holding forces that as you can imagine, rule out removing a safe without truly industrial levels of force.

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Certified Safe Locks

EN1300 Class A,B And C

It is a certification requirement that a properly certified safe locking mechanism is both certified to the European safe lock standard EN1300 and that the class of the lock is suitable for the grade of safe it is fitted to. Any deviation from locks approved for use with a particular safe renders the certification of the unit void as the security of an unapproved lock fitted to a certified unit can not be guaranteed.

As it has long been possible to access a mechanical safe or vault lock by non-invasive manipulation and in doing so leave no trace of entry, many insurers as well as An Garda Síochána (Irish Police Force) do not recommend using mechanical safe locks of any kind. We have always recommended a certified digital lock be used for all certified safes and strongrooms.

• Safe locks rise in security from A to D and not the other way around. Class D, the highest class of certified safe or strongroom lock has no mechanical equivalent. 

EN1143-1 Safe lock configuration as per EN1300 number of locks , lock class.

Safe Grade Number Of Locks Minimum Class
0 1 A
I 1 A
II 1 A
IV 2 B
V 2 B
VI 2 C

Alarm Integration

European Alarm Standard EN50131

The starting point for EN50131 compliant alarm integration of a certified safe is of course a certified digital lock. Most certified digital safe locks from class "B" upwards come with a range of basic features which will include alarm module compatibility. 

Listed below are a range of features, some found as standard in a digital lock and some optional extras that can be achieved with various lock and alarm integration combinations. All options listed are certified compliant with the EN1300 safe lock standard and the EN50131 alarm standard.

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• Penalty Lockout: (Standard Feature)

The penalty lockout feature on a certified digital lock shuts the lock down for ten minutes if four or more incorrect codes are entered in a row making manipulation and random code entry attempts virtually impossible. This is a standard feature with all certified digital safe locks which has no equivalent with any mechanical lock type.

• Multi-user Codes: (Standard Feature)

Most certified digital safe locks have multi-user codes which means no two people have to use the same code to access a safe. In a commercial setting this means an individual code can be removed at will by management. No need to worry that keys may have been copied etc...

• Dual Codes: (Standard Feature)

Most certified safe locks will allow dual code operation, which means two codes have to be entered to open the lock. Ideal in situations where dual person operation is preferred.

• Duress Alarm: (Standard Feature)

Many certified digital locks can be added to your alarm system via an Alarm Module. With an Alarm module in place if a hold-up occurs addition of a digit to the normal access code will trigger a silent alarm.

• Seismic Sensor: (Alarm Integration Feature)

As a properly anchored safe is secured to at least 5 tons, and a certified digital safe lock cannot be manipulated open, power tool attack or a prising attack is the only option left for a professional burglar. A Seismic Sensor will detect prising, cutting, drilling and heat attacks, but is not triggered by normal everyday use of the safe. What is particularly convenient about a seismic sensor is it is tamper proof and works 24/7 even when an alarm system is switched off.

• Time Delay Option: (Standard Feature)

A programmable time delay of 1 to 99 minutes is another standard option in all but the most basic electronic lock models with a time delay opening window that can be set from 1 to 15 minutes. This is a powerful anti hold-up measure.

• Time Lock: (Time Lock Feature) 

Time Lock gives you all the benefits of a bank level high security time lock system with built in audit. You can control when your safe can be accessed, by whom and download access logs from the lock telling you who opened the safe, when, and how long the safe door and lock was open. Up to 30 holidays can be programmed that override the normal schedule. Automatically adjusts for daylight saving time. We can even program a time lock schedule that restricts specific people’s access.

• Audit Trail: (Alarm Integration And Advanced Lock Feature)

A powerful feature of many digital locks is an audit trail which can be easily downloaded to a USB drive once you have the correct download code. This tells you who opened the lock, for how long, time, date and if there were any attempts to open the lock with an incorrect code. The standard audit trail is 1000 events. An audit trail can also be downloaded remotely directly from a compatible alarm system using an alarm module bolt position interface.

• One Time Code: (Alarm Integration And Advanced Lock Feature)

Easily retro fitted onto most existing safes or strongrooms, a One Time Code system (OTC) means that opening and closing is controlled by single use codes generated by a certified monitoring station after the identity of the person requiring access has been verified. The person accessing the safe or strongroom also requires their own personal code and a special key fob that records the opening and closing state of the lock. Time and date specific one-time codes can be issued in advance by the monitoring station for use within a 15-minute window, weeks, or months in advance.

Insurance Rates And Cover

The rates shown below presume a monitored intruder alarm is installed in the premises where the safe is situated. It is not hard to encounter rates that differ from these indicative rates as unfortunately there are many safe suppliers, some well known, that invent higher rates to attract business. It is often the case that displaying false rates is an indication of more serious issues with a supplier who does so.

Some insurers may decide that a higher cover is warranted based on their risk assessment, some may decide the specification of the safe is not adequate or may insist on various types of monitoring. For higher levels of cover a certain amount of negotiation is to be expected and additional measures may be required to mitigate risk.

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  • The European standard for secure cabinets is: EN14450
  • The European standard for safes is: EN1143-1
  • The European standard for deposit safes is: EN1143-2
Amounts in €1000 units
Contents cover is five times cash rating
Grade Standard Type Cash Jewellery / Contents
S1 EN 14450 Secure Cabinet NA NA
S2 EN 14450 Secure Cabinet NA NA
0 EN 1143-1 Safe €7,500.00 €37,500.00
I EN 1143-1 / EN 1143-2   Safe / Deposit Safe   €12,500.00 €62,500.00
II EN 1143-1 / EN 1143-2 Safe / Deposit Safe  €25,000.00 €125,000.00
III EN 1143-1 / EN 1143-2 Safe / Deposit Safe €50,000.00 €250,000.00
IV EN 1143-1 / EN 1143-2 Safe / Deposit Safe €90,000.00 €450,000.00
V EN 1143-1 Safe €150,000.00     €750,000.00
VI EN 1143-1 Safe €200,000.00 €1000,000.00
  • Recommended amounts are for indicative purposes only and are subject to approval by the insurer on a case by case basis
  • Certified deposit safes are only available in grade 1 to 5 and display the certification EN1143-2. Any other mark not accepted
  • Certified safes with a weight of <1.000 kg must be anchored at the place of installation in accordance with the EN1143-1 specification
  • NA – Not advised
  • PA – Prior approval recommended – It’s necessary to discuss this cover in detail with your insurance company as it falls outside normal recommendations

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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, strong rooms, secure cabinets and physical data protection for the European Union.

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