EN service standard for fire safety and security sectors approved

Published:  10 October, 2016

The standard defines basic levels of competence for people charged with the planning, design, assembly, commissioning, system verification, handover or maintenance of fire safety or security systems. 

The approval of new standard prEN 16763 has officially been announced by CEN/CENELEC, following overwhelming support by national standardisation bodies.

Euralarm, an association for the electronic fire and security industry, has welcomed the news: “The adoption of the standard is a good result. It has been a long struggle and, even right before the voting period, I was not quite sure whether we would have an approval. In the end all major European countries have accepted it. This is a victory for the single market,” said Paul Langer, chair of the technical committee responsible for the development of the standard and member of industry association Euralarm.

The journey that ended with the adoption of the prEN 16763 standard began in 2009 with the creation of a dedicated division within Euralarm. The objective of the project, led by DIN, was to standardise services for fire safety systems and security systems. This European standard lays out quality requirements for the service providers and defines basic levels of competence for employees.

The prEN 16763 standard is considered to be the first step in reaching a high quality and equal service level for fire safety and security systems in all Europe. In the long run, Euralam hopes that the standard will lead to a convergence of existing national policies and procedures in Europe through the development of pan-European application guidelines.

In order to encourage acceptance and understanding of the new standard Euralarm will support initiatives associated with explaining the objectives of the standard as well as its quality requirements. It will also encourage the exchange of best practices to support the convergence of the certification requirements, in collaboration with all stakeholders involved.

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