General Assembly Announcement

On 3 and 4 November 2021 the ESSA General Assembly will take place.

With the current safety restrictions, it is not yet possible to know exactly how it will be held – though an in person event is much hoped for, if not this year, then as soon as possible.

The best way to stay up to date is to sign up to our updates and we will be in touch again in September with more detailed information.

If you have a topic that you would like to see discussed at the general assembly, get in touch and suggest them.

EU Update: Important initiative for sustainable products

A main tenant of the EU Green New Deal is to increase the reusability, durability, upgradeability and reparability of products sold in Europe. They have prioritized textile, furniture, ICT, electronics, steel and cement products. While safes are not explicitly mentioned it could easily fall within the classifications due to the presence of electronics.
In addition to the reusability, durability, upgradeability and reparability of products the EU initiative also plans:
• An increase in recycled content in products
• Requirements for producers to prioritize a design which facilitates repair and disassembly
• Requiring information to be accessible regarding access to repair services
• Require transparency in information on chemical contents of product
• Banning the use of any substance that limits the recyclability of the subject
Beyond these planned changes a “Digital Product Passport” will be made for every product which will require
• Transparency regarding materials and substances used in the product
• Quantities of each material used
• Transparency about recycled content
• The expective lifespan
• CAD technical drawings important for re-manufacture and spare parts

When it comes to the products in our industry some of these guidelines present a security risk. For example, if the technical drawings specify the layout of materials within a safe then a potential burglar would be able to learn exactly what weaknesses and what tools would be required to break the safe. A similar problem presents an issue with easy disassembly presenting an opportunity for easier access to burglars.

With a one size fits all approach like this, it can be easy to overlook products for which these guidelines present security issues. We can only assume that this is what has happened. If these guidelines are implemented in their current form there will be major implications for those in our industry.
This means that it is more important than ever for market players in our industry to take part in the survey – the more people who speak up the more likely our specific industry can be excluded from the regulations which put the industry at risk. Due to the high quality of our products and their long lifespan we have a good basis for exclusion from the scope of these guidelines.

Electronic Locks Updated Requirements from WG 3

20th May 2021 saw the meeting of CEN/TC 263/WG 3 where the technical discussion for the new FN 1300 was finished, which may be published as “prEN 1300:2021” end of this year.

Some of the changes for electronic locks can be seen in the sketch here, though additional changes were discussed at further meetings. The WG 3 has ended up with a finished a new version of the EN 1300 with major updates in less than four months.

essa update - changes in future for electronic locks

Our next ESSA blog will show a sketch on the updates for mechanical locks.

ISO/TC 332 vote on their scope

The ISO/TC 332 was originally founded as a committee for financial institutions, it has now decided to broaden its scope to include residential products, burglary resistant doors, electronic locks for safes as well as other products, in addition to materials, fences, glass etc.
The vote on this change of scope is open to the ISO P members until 10 June 2021. Though it must be noted that the voting period may change nationally.

If you are planning on voting, please take note that there are 18 questions which much be read carefully. For example, it is only possible to vote if the products shall be for residential and non-residential purposes, a vote on both areas separately is not possible. Furthermore, some questions relate to an “inclusion” and others to an “exclusion”.

At the last ISO/TC332/CAG1 meeting the representatives of India asked to integrate electronic security products, despite this it seems to be off the table as it is still not voted on.

Standards published by organizations not relating to CEN

It is important for ESSA members to be aware of the standards which have been published by organizations other than CEN.
If you are aware of any new documents then send us an email and we will add the document to the next blog.

Underwriter Laboratories: published a new version on the 7th of May 2021 of their Automated Teller Systems Standard ANSI/UL 291, no technical changes have been made in the document and as such a purchase of the new version is not necessary because, regarding content, it is still essentially the Edition 6 of the ANSI/UL 291 dated February 15, 2012.

VDMA Security Systems working group: published a draft version of the VDMA 24993:2021-05, though it is currently only available in German. The current standard specifies requirements and test methods on assessing the FMR-value. Comments on the document can be made until 1 July 2021.

European Certification Body GmbH: a new version of their vault and strongroom standard has been published. The version as of April 2021 requires that the concrete used in cast-in-situ strongrooms meets the current European standards, where as previously a reference to DIN standards was included.