One of Eurosafe’s objectives is to promote the development and maintenance of European standards, common classifications and/or certifications.
Members of the Eurosafe members are working in the following standardization groups:
CEN TC 263 Workgroup WG1 Safes and Secure Storage, Convenor Frank Janser
CEN TC 263 Workgroup WG2 Fire Resistance, Convenor Pieter de Vlaam
CEN TC 263 Workgroup WG3 Safe Locks, Convenor Thomas Schmidt
The following standards are directly related to our industry and where possible we take part or advise in development.
Safes, ATM safes, strongroom doors and strongrooms
Secure safe cabinets
Data cabinets and diskette inserts
Data rooms and data containers
Tests for fire resistance of record protection equipment
Light fire storage units
NT Fire 017:2005
Fire resistance filing, data and diskette cabinets
Secure destruction of confidential material – Code of practice
High security locks
The products of our industry are specially designed for the protection of valuables against burglary and fire. The range of valuables to be protected varies widely from private uses to business applications. This is the reason why a neutral assessment of the quality of a product by a neutral certification body on the basis of a uniform product testing procedure is all the more important for our customers and the insurance companies.
Eurosafe strongly supports the European testing standards in this product segment. Additional national requirements and other conditions imposed by public authorities hamper the free movement of goods.
We advocate the Europe-wide recognition of certified products that have been tested and certified on the basis of European standards and support a “one-stop testing – one-stop certification” approach.
A European certified safe or high-quality cabinet provides the required protection and therefore the desired security. When testing, one or more openings are created by testers who have relevant knowledge, skills and intrusion tools.
Good safes, cabinets, strong rooms, deposits systems, secure safe cabinets, data cabinets and floppy inserts, data rooms and data containers that have been tested according to European standards, receive a different coverage advice from the insurers in different countries. This coverage advice is based on standards. Insurers link an amount of cash value to a vault standard as an indication of coverage. The insurer assumes storage of cash in a burglar-proof safe or cupboard, which is located in uninhabited, unguarded and unsecured premises within the built-up area. If additional safety measures are taken, the insurer may increase the coverage advice.
As an example, suggested by Eurosafe, the cover advice of Dutch insurers based on standards:
Safes and cabinets tested according to fire-resistant standards such as EN 1047-1 and UL 72 provide the best protection and maximum security. In addition, there are other standards that you can find under the heading “Standardization”. An important distinction is made between paper and data in the middle because of their damage sensitivity. For example, data on digital data carriers is already damaged at a temperature of 52 degrees Celsius. The figure 1 below shows a visual representation of the severity of the test, figure 2 shows the damage temperature per type of document material and figure 3 shows a (shortened) overview of the requirements for testing at the different standards.