prEN 16763 approval by CEN/CENELEC heralds “game-changer” for fire and security sector

Approval of the prEN 16763 standard has been announced by CEN/CENELEC in the wake of “overwhelmingly positive” votes cast by national standardisation bodies. Euralarm welcomes the adoption of this European standard which it has long supported, with its members now preparing for the next stages. 

Services account for between 60% and 70% of all economic activity in the 28 Member States of the European Union. For this reason, the creation of a Single Market for services has become a top priority for Jean-Claude Junker’s Commission. Standardisation is increasingly being used to support the development of the Single Market for services and, as the association representing the electronic fire safety and security sector, Euralarm has backed the development of a standard that’s now set to become a benchmark for other service sectors.

Adoption of the prEN 16763 standard follows much effort first initiated back in 2009 with the creation of a dedicated Services Section within the association. Led by DIN, the objective of the project was to standardise services for fire safety systems and security systems. This European standard duly lays out quality requirements for service providers, defining basic levels of competence for those employees entrusted with the planning, design, assembly, commissioning, verification, handover or maintenance of fire safety and/or security systems. The standard also describes minimum requirements on the service output and documentation.

Paul Langer, a ZVEI delegate in Euralarm’s Services Section, has played an essential part in developing the standard by dint of his role as chairman of the Technical Committee (TC4) in the European standardisation platform CEN-CENLEC. “Adoption of the standard is a good result,” explained Langer. “It has been a long struggle and, even right before the voting period, I wasn’t quite sure whether or not we would achieve an approval. In the end, all major European countries have accepted it. This is a victory for the Single Market.”

High quality threshold and equal service levels

The prEN 16763 standard is considered to be the first step in reaching a high quality threshold and an equal service level for fire safety and security systems right across Europe. In the long run, Euralarm members hope that the standard leads to a convergence of the existing landscape of national policies and procedures in Europe, notably through the expected development of pan-European application guidelines.

Euralarm members welcome the positive outcome of their enduring efforts, although they consider the publication of the new standard to be just the beginning of another long journey towards the recognition of the quality of the services they provide.

The Services Section of Euralarm is now willing to support and accompany such a development with further initiatives such as explaining the objectives of the standard as well as its quality requirements in order to foster acceptance and narrow the range of interpretations.

Euralarm will also encourage the exchange of Best Practice to support the convergence of the certification requirements in collaboration with all stakeholders involved: test houses, certification bodies and their clients.

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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