Celebrating 25 years

On the 22nd of January 1997, the first official version of the European Standard for freestanding safes, (EN 1143-1) was published.

Over the years, the document has received numerous updates: including ATM safes and plinths, adding a CD, GAS, and T2 option.

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The Small Group meeting on EN 14450

A small group met on the 18th of January 2022 to develop proposals for future updates of the European secure cabinet standard EN 14450.

A document was prepared for further discussion in CEN/TC 263 Working Group 1.

This includes the following proposals:

  • The renaming the products from secure safe cabinets to secure cabinets
  • Editorial changes
  • Allowing up to four cables holes having a minimum distance of 200 mm between the holes (currently, only one is permitted)
  • Permitting ventilation openings, including the testing requirement for burglary and for viewing protection


Review of The Standard for Vault Doors and Modular Panels 

On 7 January 2022, the UL vote on the UL 608, Edition 7 (Burglary Resistant Vault Doors and Modular Panels) was started.

The UL committee shall vote if the standard may be reaffirmed and continued in its seventh edition as an American National Standard. The commenting period ends on 21 February 2022.

The seventh edition of the UL 608 from 2004 includes a small adaption that was made in 2012.

The standard contains four burglary classes

  • M – 15 minutes attack time
  • 1 – 30 minutes attack time
  • 2 – 1 hour attack time
  • 3 – 2 hours attack time

As part of the testing. thermal lances, explosives, or disc cutters with a diameter no larger than 203 mm are not permitted in this testing.

The attack types are pre-defined. In all attacks, two operators can attack at the same time.


Standardization of Burglary Resistant Building Products

From 4 November 2021 to 5 January 2022 the CEN members voted if they are wanting to actively participate on the CEN Preliminary Work Item on:

“Burglar resistance – The integration of Mechatronic and electronic security systems in burglar resistant products”.

Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, and Sweden provided nominated experts to work on the future project.

Denmark disapproved of the project.

The European working group for the burglary resistant building products had planned to hold a meeting on the 19th of January 2022. However, this event was postponed to a later date, to allow the working group to first wait until the first proposals for the European Smart Lock Standard created by ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute) are available for review.