ESSA White Paper

“Classification Concepts in Burglary Standardization”

This month’s ESSA White Paper evaluates more than 60 burglary standards. On their basis classification concepts are built and the advantages as well as disadvantage of each concept are shown. The five concepts shown in the White Paper are design, time, tool, risk and machine testing.

The White Paper is a good introduction for individuals new in our business for understanding the background of different standards in our industry. It is exclusively available for ESSA members here.

If you have any remarks, please send them to us by 25 June 2020. The remarks will be assessed by us and if appropriate be included in the version 1.0 of the document.

The Security Essen 2020 is cancelled

Due to the unforeseeable developments of the Corona crisis, the world’s leading fair of the security industry has been cancelled and will again be held at Messe Essen from September 20 to 23, 2022.

“The current dynamic situation and the continuing global travel restrictions unfortunately do not permit serious preparations for the fair”, says Oliver P. Kuhrt, Managing Director of Messe Essen. As the customer expectations as well as the performance promise of Security Essen cannot be fulfilled under the given circumstances, Messe Essen made the decision to cancel the fair.

Standard ETSI – EN 303 645 – Final Draft has been published

The European Telecommunications Standards Institute ETSI published the final draft of the standard ETSI – EN 303 645 last week: “Cyber Security for Consumer Internet of Things: Baseline Requirements”. It is envisaged that this standard could become mandatory for Consumer IoT in the future.

The draft standard can be viewed here (HIER FEHLT EINE VERLINKUNG). The scope of the standard includes a “non-exhaustive” list of products to which the standard applies. Other products may therefore also fall within the scope. Explicitly mentioned:

  • connected children’s toys and baby monitors;
  • connected smoke detectors,
  • connected door locks and window sensors;
  • IoT gateways, base stations and hubs to which multiple devices connect;
  • smart cameras, TVs and speakers;
  • wearable health trackers;
  • connected home automation and alarm systems, especially their gateways and hubs;
  • connected appliances, such as washing machines and fridges;
  • and smart home assistants.

Publishing History EN 1047-2:2019

The European Standard for data rooms and data container EN 1047-2:2019 has come into effect on 3 April 2019. Since then it was published in in four languages (English, French, German and Spanish).

First country to publish the standard as national version was the Netherlands on 1 April 2019 as NEN-EN 1047-2:2019. Most currently Croatia published it as HRN EN 1047-2:2020 on 31 January 2020. Even though not obliged to, also Georgia published it as an own national standard.




Dear members, dear friends!

The extension of the Corona crisis presents us all with ever new challenges every day. We all cannot foresee the further consequences at the moment.

Due to the dynamic spread of the coronavirus and the recommendations of the authorities, our employees are currently making extensive use of the opportunity to work in their home office. In this way, we contribute to slowing down the spread.

You can reach all contact persons under the usual contact details by phone or e-mail. Should there nevertheless be delays in answering questions or difficulties in contacting them, we ask for your understanding. We will do our best to answer your questions as soon as possible.

At this point, another separate piece of information: The delivery of ECB-S certification marks and certificates is not affected by this measure and will be performed by ECB GmbH as usual.

We wish you all the best for this difficult situation and remain healthy!

Best regards

Dr. Markus Heering

Meeting of the Ad-Hoc Group Hydraulics



ESSA White Paper on Fire Resistance Standards

On 25 March 2020 the meeting of the CEN/TC 263/WG1 Ad Hoc Group Hydraulics was held. Originally planned in Cologne, due to the current situation it was held as a 2-hour telephone conference.

The meeting was productive and a first concept was written with a few alternatives, which in the future will be given to WG 1 to decide on. The current concept is based on a burglary attack simulation with two or three tests with an hydraulic jack. The result of the test shall either be “product withstands hydraulic attacks” or “product does not withstand hydraulic attacks”.

Contact: Falko Adomat, Phone +49 69 6603-1952,

Distributed Systems Work Item officially registered

On 6 March 2019 CEN registered the Work Item for the European Standard:

Secure storage units — Classification for high security locks according to their resistance to unauthorized opening — distributed systems

WG3 must now finish their draft by 6 November 2020 and send it to Brussels for checking. The CEN Enquiry would then take place from January to April 2021. In case WG 3 finishes the paper earlier, it is also possible that the CEN-Enquiry starts earlier.

WG 3 will meet in web conferences, to finish the project quicker than other standards. The current situation shows more than ever, that connected locks are needed by the market.

Contact: Falko Adomat, Phone +49 69 6603-1952,

Application period for the Security Innovation Award started

The Security Innovation Award honors outstanding achievements in the industry with a prize that can be used in a way that is effective in terms of publicity and advertising and is a seal of quality for new developments at the highest level.

As of now, exhibitors participating in Security Essen 2020 can apply. The registered new development must be relevant for the security sector and the market launch must have taken place on January 1, 2019 at the earliest. The application deadline is June 15, 2020. The winners will be announced at this year’s Security. Further information and registration can be found here.

Contact: Kerstin Wassermann, Phone +49 69 6603-1456,

February 2020

At the “ESSA future tasks” workshop it was proposed that ESSA shall act as a neutral information platform and educate the market. Furthermore, it was suggested to inform about the difference between the standards EN 1047-1 and EN 15659. We therefore created the first “ESSA White Paper”. The White Paper focuses on explaining the differences between the standards EN 1047-1, EN 15659, UL 72 and NT Fire 017 in a neutral form. The weaknesses and strengths of each standard are explained and compared.

The version 1.0 is available exclusively for ESSA members here. It is planned to publish the document in a few months on the ESSA webpage as version 1.1.

If you have comments, which should be added in a later version, please send them to us by 1 April 2020. The comments may be editorial or technical. Comments based on marketing issues will not be integrated, to keep the document neutral.

Contact: Falko Adomat, Phone +49 69 6603-1952,

CEN/TC 263 WG3 Meeting on 13 February 2020 in Saint Denis

On 13 February 2020 the WG 3 members held their meeting at AFNOR in Saint Denis (France). The participants managed to discuss every single comment on the internal WG 3 comment list.

Some additional points will have to be discussed in the next meeting, for instance, if only the encrypting software or also the encrypting hardware must be approved by a body like ENISA, NIST, BSI etc. Furthermore, requirements for marking the components must be set.

Until the meeting, the standard will be written into a “CEN-friendly” format, so that it can be sent to CEN for voting as soon as all open points have been agreed on.

Contact: Falko Adomat, Phone +49 69 6603-1952,

ESSA International Leadership Award 2020

With the annual ESSA International Leadership Award, the European Security Systems Association (ESSA) e.V. honours personalities who make a special contribution to the further development of the industry through extraordinary commitment. In recent years, the award has been presented to Theodor Stacke, Pieter de Vlaam and Wolfang Bruna.

This year we are again asking for suggestions from members for the 2020 award winner, including the reason for the honour. These can be submitted to us in the course of this year by September 1, 2020 at the latest and will then be presented to the board.

Contact us: Susanne Tunaz, telephone 069 6603-1953,

ISO Standard for Secure Storage Units 

Today the Indian Standardization Institute handed in an application to ISO, proposing to start a new international technical committee for safes. The following new international standards are proposed to be written by the group, in case the committee is founded:

  • Safes – specification and test methods
  • Safe deposit locker cabinets – specification and test method
  • Cash boxes – specification
  • Vault strong rooms – specification and test methods
  • Fire resisting insulating filing cabinets – specification
  • Vaults air ventilator – specification
  • Fire resistance computer media protection cabinets – specification
  • Fire resistance magnetic media protection cabinets – specification.

The proposal will be discussed in the 150 national standardization organisations until May. We will inform you on the developments of this project.

Contact: Falko Adomat, Phone +49 69 6603-1952,

ESSA White Paper on which safe to choose based on burglary risks

In future, further White Papers will be published. One of the planned topics is writing a paper on which safe to choose not based in insurance values, but based on the burglar, which the safe can protect from. As this topic is not based on an exact value, we will organise a telephone conference to discuss the content of the White Paper.

In case, you are interested to work with us together on the paper and join this ESSA White Paper committee, please contact us. You will then get a first draft of the White Paper, which will then be discussed and adapted during the telephone conference.

Contact: Kerstin Wassermann, Phone +49 69 6603-1456,

Clarification regarding last ESSA Newsletter

In our last newsletter we pointed out that if a law requires that a product must be certified by a body in the EU, these products may not be allowed after the BREXIT transition period is over.

We want to point out that these laws often additionally require that these evaluating bodies shall additionally have an accreditation. Therefore, if a certification body does not have an accreditation, the products certified by these bodies, were not permitted to be used for the areas, where a law required an accreditation, even before the BREXIT.

Contact: Falko Adomat, Phone +49 69 6603-1952,

Vote on reaffirmation of UL 72

Between the 3rd of January 2020 and the 17th of February 2020 a vote in the American standardization committee STP 0072 was held, on whether the UL 72 standard (“Tests for fire resistance of record protection equipment”) in its version of 2015 shall be reaffirmed.

The precondition for such a vote is that a two thirds agreement is made. As 100 % of the participants voted in favour, the Ul 72 is reaffirmed.

Contact: Falko Adomat, Phone +49 69 6603-1952,


Effects of BREXIT on the secure storage industry

Today, at 23:00 GMT, the BREXIT will be initiated. There are currently no direct effects, as there is still a transitional period until 31 December 2020.

In certain areas of application some national laws (e.g. in Germany, Poland and Spain) stipulate for secure storage units that these must be certified by bodies from the EU or EFTA area. Formally speaking, secure storage units with British certificates would no longer be permitted for these areas of application. However, national laws for instance in Germany state that also in these cases there is a transition period until 31 December 2020. To be sure, it should be checked for each country, if the transition period is also valid for these cases.

British products with certificates of a body in the EU may still be used for these legally regulated areas after 31 December 2020.

If selling to Great Britain the rules for CE-marking for electronic safes are still in place, however, after an undefined period this will change. It is planned that for certain products a “UKCA” marking will be mandatory for selling products. How the rules for the “UKCA” marking will look like and if they will apply for safes at all, is not known at the moment. 

Contact: Falko Adomat, Phone +49 69 6603-1952,


Ukrainian observer status in TC 263

From 21 November to 21 December 2019 a CEN vote at TC 263 level took place. Content of the vote was the question, if the Ukrainian standardization body DSTU may in future have an observer status in CEN/TC 263 (“Secure storage of cash, valuables and data media”) and their working groups. As seven CEN members voted in favour and no one against, in future DSTU will have an observer status in CEN/TC 263 WG 1, WG 2, WG 3 and WG 5. DSTU will be permitted to view the documents and to give its comments, however, without voting rights. Furthermore, the DTSU observer has the obligation to inform the working groups on the activities within the Ukrainian Technical Bodies.

Contact: Falko Adomat, Phone +49 69 6603-1952,

New logo for SECOTA project

European Standards used outside of Europe

A proof of the acceptance of the European Standards published by the committee CEN/TC 263 is that these are also published in countries outside of Europe. These international standards are usually only published once and not updated like their European counterpart.

A few examples are listed in the table below.

FRANKFURT/MAIN – 28 November 2019. Since 1977 Wolfgang Bruna has been designing safes for his employer Wertheim in Guntramsdorf near Vienna. For more than two decades, he is committed to high manufacturer-independent security standards at European level – and has since missed only one of dozens of working group meetings. Now, since 14 November 2019, he is the laureate of the ESSA International Leadership Award 2019. The European Security Systems Association (ESSA) e.V. awards the prize annually to personalities who make a special contribution to the further development of the industry through their extraordinary commitment.

Bruna has dedicated his entire professional life to safes and their security. During the award ceremony at the ESSA general meeting in 2019, he explained what drives him: “Safes are circulating in my veins”.

Striving for the best solution for the entire industry

In his laudation, ESSA Managing Director Dr. Markus Heering emphasized Bruna’s constructive leadership approach. “What we appreciate so much about Wolfgang Bruna is that he always argues on a sound technical basis, often taking a step back from his own interests – and that his calm, patient manner does not let up until the best standardization solution for the entire industry has been found,” Heering explained. For instance, the awardee has been patiently working for two decades, to adapt the tool list for destructive security testing of safes and strongrooms to the current state of the art. This perseverance was probably also connected with Bruna’s hobby: The passionate runner has completed various marathons.

Standards create room for creativity

Bruna has been a member of the board of the European Security Systems Association since 2009. In his acceptance speech, he reported on how European standardisation has changed his professional life. When he started his career, rigid technical rules deprived any freedom and creativity of safe-designers. This changed with the agreement of binding, manufacturer-independent standards that opened up room for different safe designs. In the standardization committees, however, he achieved more: “I learned there how to argue with commitment but always fair and respectfully. Over the years, we have had many hot discussions. But despite all the differences of opinion, the tone was never rude or hurtful,” he emphasized. This way of dealing helped him in his daily work. “In addition to the gain in creativity in safe design, for me this is the most important effect of my involvement in the standardization committees,” Bruna explained. The positive, fair treatment of each other distinguishes the ESSA – and it is radiating to the entire industry.

Dr. Markus Heering presents the ESSA International Leadership Award 2019 to Wolfgang Bruna.

ESSA honours Wolfgang Bruna’s long-standing commitment to the security of safes and strongrooms.


August 2019  EN 16569:2019 has been published  EN 15659:2019 (standard for light fire storage units) was officially put into force by CEN on 7 August 2019. The standard is already available as a national version in five countries. Updates to the 2009 version of the standard include the renaming of the protection levels to LFS 30 and LFS 60, a more precise description of the test specimen choice and a change of the tolerance of the depth from 15 % to 20 %.

Contact: Falko Adomat, Telefon 069 6603-1952,

Hazardous substances in secure storage units

At the ESSA General Assembly in November the topic “Hazardous substances in secure storage units” is on the agenda. We have already collected data from product types from the 1950ies to the 1990ies which can contain hazardous substances.

If you have data to share on the topic, please send it to us. The more data we receive the better the presentation will be, which at the end is helpful for every member. We will only present data in an anonymized form.

Contact: Falko Adomat, Phone +49 69 6603-1952,

New standard for laboratories – first have already received accreditation

The former version of the accreditation standard ISO/IEC 17025 was from 2005. An update was necessary, as since then the technology has changed. ISO/IEC 17025:2017 enables laboratories to demonstrate that they operate competently and generate valid results, thereby promoting confidence in their work both nationally and around the world.

The ECB corporation partners Applus and Istituto Giordano have already received an accreditation according to the new ISO/IEC 17025:2017. Other laboratories, which have not yet received an accreditation according to the new version must renew their accreditation by end of 2020, otherwise their accreditation will be withdrawn.

Contact: Falko Adomat, Phone +49 69 6603-1952,
Background information: Publishing process of EN 14450:2017

The secure safe cabinet standard EN 14450:2017 was released in November 2017. The standard covers products meant for purposes where the security resistance required is less than that measured by EN 1143-1. Normally these products are used in lower risk situations.

Until now the EN 14450:2017 has been published as national standard with identical content in 38 countries and in four different languages. Even though the countries Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia and Moldova are not obliged to publish the EN 14450:2017 they have also published a national version of the standard.

Contact: Falko Adomat, Phone +49 69 6603-1952,