Unaccredited Certification Is As Good As No Certification
Beware Of Unaccredited Certification
Unaccredited Certification for safes, fire cabinets or vaults is still a widespread problem 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 the required European accreditation to ISO/IEC 17065:2012 for certifying safes in Europe. Currently the European accredited certifiers are ECB-S, VdS, CNPP & SBSC.
An example of a badge often mistaken for accredited certification in Ireland is LPCB:
|Certified By LPCB (UK) is a U.K. body which is part of the BRE but this body is not accredited by UKAS to ISO/IEC 17065:2012 to certify safes. This badge is therefore of no relevance to insurance rates for safes in the Republic of Ireland. Some insurance brokers may not realise that LPCB is unaccredited to this standard as a certifier for safes even in the U.K. but the final responsibility for ensuring the safe is what it claims to be lies with the client and the safe supplier.|
As well as an accredited certificate of testing, a certified safe should have a certification badge fixed to the inside of its door stating its grade in Roman numerals, its weight and its type.
The details on the certificate and the badge should match.
Some insurance brokers may not realise that a particular safe has an unaccredited "certification" but the final responsibility for ensuring the safe is what it claims to be usually lies with the client and the safe supplier. In the event of an insurance claim, you can rest assured that the identity of the safe and its certification status will be properly established.