Euralarm’s Annual Report for 2016-2017 “shows an organisation focused on impact”

Euralarm, the European Trade Association of the electronic fire safety and security industry, has just published its Annual Report for 2016-2017. The document underlines the impact of the organisation on the future of standardisation, electronic fire safety, security and associated services.

The Euralarm Annual Report 2016-2017 reflects on the benefits that were derived from building up a new organisation in the prior 12 months. A new and motivated team in Brussels afforded more time for intensifying contacts with Euralarm members and further improving the organisation’s representation through its new members.

One of the main focal points in this Annual Report is a major initiative shaping the standardisation system for the future and bringing together over 100 stakeholders: the Joint Initiative on Standardisation (JIS). Euralarm has been one of the early co-signatories to this initiative, which sets out a shared vision designed to speed up, modernise and better prioritise standards setting by 2019.

Euralarm’s participation in the JIS provides the organisation with an opportunity to resolve some major issues impacting the industry. These include issues with the Construction Products Regulation, the implementation of the RED Directive and, indeed, the standardisation process in general.

Another highlight of the past year is that Euralarm has worked on the development, delivery and promotion of the new services standard EN 16763. A White Paper on outsourcing the maintenance of fire safety and security systems, intended for building owners and managers, was published as part of those activities. EN 16763 shines a determined spotlight on the requirement for staff to be suitably skilled, trained and knowledgeable.

The period covered by the Annual Report shows that Euralarm “remains the leading European Trade Association” in electronic fire safety and security. The organisation has attracted two new members with a strong focus on innovation.

Also contributing to what has been described as an “impactful year” was the close co-operation fostered with the European Society for Automatic Alarm Systems in organising a conference on cutting-edge research into fire safety.

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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