While many manufacturers are currently working on understanding the requirements of UKCA, the new marking for placing relevant regulated products on the market in England, Scotland, and Wales, it should not be forgotten that there is another deadline coming up for the certification of point type heat and smoke detectors. The Technical Committee CEN/TC 72 released in 2018 the two common standards EN 54-5: 2017 + A1:2018, Heat detectors – Point heat detectors, and 54-7: 2018, Smoke detectors – Point smoke detectors that operate using scattered light, transmitted light or ionization and the European Commission cited them in the OJEU in 2019. The updated provisions include, above all, increased requirements for the EMC-resilience of the products. Mandatory Updated Norms All manufacturers can start with the update of their corresponding external certificates and internal declarations Both updated norms are mandatory for products sold throughout the EU from the end of the transition period on August 31, 2022. That means that all manufacturers can start with the update of their corresponding external certificates and internal declarations by applying the latest version of EN 54-5 and EN 54-7 to their products. In due course, all manufacturers of heat and smoke detectors will be required to apply to authorized Notified Bodies for a Certificate of Constancy of Performance to the new revisions enabling them to update their DoPs (Declaration of Performance). Testing And Certification The majority of CertAlarm partners have been accredited by their national Accreditation Bodies and notified by the EU for the testing and certification based on the two harmonized norms and can now fully support manufacturers in obtaining the respective certificates. “We want to provide a comprehensive, competitive, and time-saving support to manufacturers by offering all relevant testing and certification services as a one-stop solution which is valid throughout Europe. We’re therefore pleased to announce that we also cover these new certification requirements,” says Anja Kinsky, General Manager of CertAlarm.
CertAlarm, an organization offering a pan-European quality mark in the fire protection and security systems industry, announces the launch of its new Online Quoting Platform. With a variety of national marks in Europe, manufacturers are forced to prove compliance by having their product re-tested and re-certified by local test and certification bodies – a highly expensive and time-consuming process that needs to be repeated in each country. With CertAlarm, fire and security products need to be tested and certified only once. SSL-Encrypted transfer Manufacturers who wish to get their security or fire product or system tested and certified to gain access to European markets can now easily obtain multiple quotes by filling out CertAlarm’s project information sheet via the new Online Quoting Platform just once. The platform is secured by an SSL-encrypted transfer, a service provided by 1&1 IONOS SE As a result they will obtain quotations from all or selected CertAlarm partners, all of which are experienced and accredited Certification Bodies and Test Laboratories. As a logged in user, the manufacturer and his CertAlarm contacts are the only persons who have access to the confidential information relating to the project. The platform is secured by an SSL-encrypted transfer, a service provided by 1&1 IONOS SE, which ensures the highest possible protection of the sensitive data. Online quoting platform Once all offers have been provided, the manufacturer can easily compare them, consult with CertAlarm’s partners for further clarifications and finally make his choice. Users of the new platform will also receive a one-time bonus valid until 31.03.2021 (date on which the order is placed). “We grant every new manufacturer who asks for a quote via our new Online Quoting Platform a free listing for four years for their first CertAlarm certified product”, says Anja Kinsky, General Manager of CertAlarm. “Already registered manufacturers get the same bonus for their first certificate they received based on the usage of our new platform, provided they do not possess any transfer certificates,” she adds.
CertAlarm’s partner Kiwa recently announced the opening of their new state-of-the-art fire lab in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands. To celebrate this, they are hosting a festive opening event ‘How to deal with complexity and integrality of future trends?’ on the 13th of November 2019. Opening of Apeldoorn fire lab “Collaboration is key in our sector. That is precisely why at CertAlarm we are happy to see the opening of the new fire lab, as a consequence, it will improve the cooperation between us and Kiwa”, says Anja Kinsky, General Manager at CertAlarm. The event is about much more than just fire safety. Nowadays the world is hyper-connected as millions of devices, from cars and alarm equipment to refrigerators and door bells, are connected through the Internet of Things (IoT). Hyper-connected world This trend brings accompanying risks and challenges, but also new opportunities For companies and organizations, this trend brings accompanying risks and challenges, but also new opportunities. Therefore, we need to look at this connected world integrally. Mathijs van Ballegooijen, Division Director at Kiwa, said “The event is all about the need for a different mindset, sharing knowledge and collaboration throughout the entire chain. It is the perfect opportunity to network with like-minded people from The Netherlands and beyond”. Plenary sessions on security, IoT No organization can or should have to deal with the ever changing circumstances alone. That is why CertAlarm partner Kiwa organizes plenary sessions with all kinds of related topics during the event, to stimulate cooperation throughout the entire chain. Trend-watcher, Tony Bosma will for instance guide participants of the event through the ever-changing world of the technology of the future and its accompanying risks. Next to that, international guests will be present and share their vision and elaborate on the possibilities for the future on topics like security, professional audio and IoT.