A Survey by the European Commission on the Security Industry

The EU Commission has commissioned Deloitte to perform the “2021 EU Security Survey” The survey has offered some very general questions around the areas of security broken down to these areas:

  • Fight against crime and terrorism.
  • Resilience of critical infrastructure.
  • Border management.
  • Disaster risk management.

For the survey purposes, the Security Industry is defined as private enterprises and research institutions that supply products and services used for civil security purposes. The survey excludes private security companies which provide manned guard service.

Some products and services do not strictly fit in a particular category. For example, products like data rooms and strongrooms can fall into the critical infrastructure area, but classifying products like ATMs or safes into one of the four categories is open to opinion and is subjective.

The survey is open to any company, whether in the EU or not.

Find out more here: https://survey.deloitte.com/jfe/form/SV_cU523429A99k72u

Distributed Systems Standard adopted

From 13 March to 10 June 2021, the CEN voting for the Distributed Systems Standard prEN 17646:2021 took place. All member countries except the UK voted.

Twelve countries voted in favour of the Standard, Italy against. This shows an approval rate among the population of 82.2 % and among the countries of 92.3 %

CEN distributed systems voting map

ISO/TC 332: Canada steps down / Vote on scope

Canada has withdrawn their “P-membership” from the “ISO safe standardization” committee and is now only an observer. The remaining 13 “P-members” are:

Austria Belgium, China, Finland, France, Germany, India, Italy, Netherlands, Russian Federation, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

This means that currently, the only two continents attending in the international standardization committee are Europe and Asia.


Vote to rename secure safe cabinets

On 4 June 2021 CEN/TC 263 initiated a vote to rename the products of EN 14450 from “secure safe cabinets” to “secure cabinets” to allow a more precise differentiation from “real” safes of EN 1143-1. Voting is open until 5 August 2021.

The change shall be integrated as an “amendment” to the Standard (“EN14450:2017+A1:2022”). This amendment vote can be initiated only a short period after this “Work Item Vote” has been finalized.

New requirements for mechanical locks in prEN 1300:2021

In our last ESSA-Newsletter the changes for electronic locks in the new pre-Version of the EN 1300 standard (prEN 1300:2021) were presented. Until the real version, which is planned for 2022 changes are possible.

For mechanical locks changes are held to a minimum. In general, locks of class A should already fulfil the new requirement. For locks of class B in the very most cases, no new test would be necessary, for locks of class C and D, depending on the construction and the tools available on the market for the specific product, a new manipulation test may be needed.

The exception is mechanical locks with electronic components. Based on the type of electronic components, a new manipulation test would have to be applied according to the description below:

new requirements for mechanical locks in preEN1300:2021 table

New EN 1627:2021 has been published

The European Standard for burglary resistant doorsets, windows, curtain walling, grilles and shutters EN 1627:2021 has been published on 2 June 2021. On the same day the associated testing standards EN 1628:2021, EN 1629:2021 and EN 1630:2012 were also published. The Standards are already available as national Standard in Belgium, Denmark Finland, France and Ireland.

The main changes are:

  • Creating the new resistance class RC 1
  • Including mechatronic building products as well as testing requirement for these.
  • New test “cylinder plug extraction” for components, which are not tested according to a component standard
  • New testing requirements for products, which can be opened from the inside without any key, for instance panic doors or not lockable windows. Testing is performed via “puncture” in an area of 300 mm (for instance stab through the door with a screwdriver and move the inner handle) and via “operating through hand hole” in an area of 1200 mm.
  • Introduction of a new access templar in the size “150 mm x 660 mm”, which may only be used for side panels (for instance top vents).


New mechatronic security lock project approved

From 10 April 2021 to 1 June 2021 the CEN/TC 33 voted if a new standardization project “mechatronic and electronic security systems integrated in burglar resistant products” shall be initiated. As a majority of the CEN-members voted in favour of the a new standard will be drafted.

The project aims to write requirements on how to test electronic access control systems with the tools of EN 1630 and how the connection between the electronic systems and the burglary resistance door shall be tested. The project is not related to safes.