EURALARM COMPLIANCE INFORMATION SERVICE
The purpose of this web page is to provide information and guidance relating to European regulatory issues for Euralarm members and - in the case of Trade Association members - their members.
This takes the form of guidance in identifying legislation affecting each organisation working in the electronic fire & life safety and security industry (this document) and in identifying the scope and principal requirements of item Directive, Regulation, etc. (a series of Compliance Fact Files).
USE OF THIS INFORMATION
The guidance provided is intended for Euralarm member organisations and may be distributed internally as required. Trade Association members are encouraged to make this information to their members; provision is made for the addition of the TA logo alongside the Euralarm heading on the Fact Files.
The Euralarm "Technical Committee: Compliance" has endeavoured to identify and provide guidance on each item of European legislation that might have an impact on Euralarm members, along with any underpinning standards. This work is not intended to - indeed it cannot - identify all the different ways in which each piece of legislation may be implemented in different member states. However, provision is made for the addition of brief references to such information that may be provided by a local Euralarm member organisation.
It is intended that when the first phase is completed, the scope will be extended to "multi-national" legislation - topics that are the subject of separate national legislation in a number of member states (eg "waste disposal") and other topics such as Management systems (eg Quality, Environmental and Risk Management).
are addressed to all member states and are applied in full. They are directly applicable without the need for national legislation (though there are sometimes some variations!)
are addressed to all member states and require an objective to be achieved by a given date. National authorities must draw up legislation in order to apply the Directive within a certain time frame (the date of implementation is known as the date of transposition).
are issued by the Council or Commission; these are not necessarily of general application. They may be addressed to particular member states, individuals or companies - and they are binding on those to whom they are addressed.
COMPLIANCE FACT FILES
A Compliance Fact File (CFF) will be produced for each piece of European legislation. This will identify:
- The scope of the legislation
- The principal requirements
- Its date of implementation (and details of any transition period still current)
- A link to the official text of the legislation
- Reference to any associated legislation
- Other relevant or useful information or links available
The CFF will identify whether the legislation is being recast (ie revised) or additional implementation measures are being added. When the details of the recast are sufficiently firm, an additional CFF will be opened, cross-referenced to and from the original, until such time that the original legislation is no longer valid - when the CFF will be withdrawn.
Certain Directives (eg Energy-related Products Directive) are "Framework Directives" - relying on separate "implementation measures" to apply them to specific products / situations. In these cases, the implementation measures are included on the CFF for the relevant Directive, and not dealt with separately.
REVIEW: It is intended that each CFF will be reviewed to ensure it is up to date, annually.
Euralarm Trade Association members are invited to make this information available to their members, as indicated in the introductory section – and in line with "the legal bit ..."
EMBEDDING YOUR LOGO INTO CFFs
To embed you logo into CFFs for use within your company or for use by a member Trade Association:
- Go to Update your compliance logo at the foot of the main members' page.
- Insert file name / path of your logo on your computer, along with URL for your web site, and press "submit."
- The system will upload your logo to the Euralarm web server and automatically link it to any CFF that you view or download.
- CFFs downloaded will then carry your logo. Clicking on the logo when viewed on screen will take the viewer to your web site.
- If CHANGING your logo for any reason; it may be necessary to clear your browser cache.
A Newsletter of general compliance and related news will be distributed periodically to Euralarm members, including all individuals registered on this web site.
Interested staff of Euralarm member organisations (but not members of their members) may register here to be granted personal authorisation for access.
ADVICE OF ADDITIONS AND CHANGES TO SITE
Once you have logged in, you can go to your notifiation settings to set up the options you would like to be applied to receive routine e-mail advice of additions and updates to the site, along with copies of the periodic "Compliance News".
INFLUENCING FUTURE LEGISLATION
The Technical Committee: Compliance seeks to provide input to the legislative process through available channels, in the interests of our members. If you would like to make any comments, or be involved in this process, please contact us at email@example.com.
An e-mail help service is available at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Technical Committee: Compliance will endeavour to provide any reasonable assistance and guidance - but NOT legal advice.
This service is provided by busy employees of Euralarm member companies, so please be prepared for a short wait whilst the question is researched and the reply prepared.
IDENTIFYING RELEVANT LEGISLATION
Please refer to the list of topics that are being monitored.
Note that the topics (and the registration choices) are grouped according to the type of organisation most likely to be affected by the legislation. This should not be taken to mean that these topics are not of interest to other types of organisation.
… AND FINALLY
Technical Committee: Compliance hopes that you find the web page content and e-mail help service useful. We will appreciate your comments - have we missed anything? - are there any errors? - do you have any information (eg national implementation measures) that can usefully be added?
We are sure that you will appreciate the magnitude of this task. If you (or a colleague) are in a position to assist in any aspect of this project (even in areas that appear to be completed), please contact us at email@example.com - we will be delighted to hear from you.
THE LEGAL BIT
Compliance Fact Files are intended for the guidance of Euralarm members, and, where applicable, their members, on the state of affairs concerning their subjects. While every effort has been made to ensure their accuracy, readers should not rely upon completeness or correctness, nor regard the content as a legal interpretation. Euralarm will not be liable for the provision of any incorrect or incomplete information.
Implementation of Directives and Regulations may vary nationally; where available, links to such information are provided.
The content of the Compliance Fact Files is protected by Euralarm copyright, unless otherwise stated. It may only be used according to specific terms and conditions as granted by Euralarm, in writing.
In general, and without further permission, Euralarm members may:
- reproduce Compliance Fact Files in their present form for their staff and (where relevant) members, on condition that they do not change its content or lay-out, other than inserting their logo and contact details in the provided places, next to the Euralarm logo (if this has not been embedded automatically in downloading);
- make quotations or reproduce extracts, on condition that they reproduce the information accurately, using the most recent version; do not use the material in a manner that is offensive, deceptive or misleading; acknowledge the source and copyright status of the material;
Members of Euralarm Trade Association members may use the document, unmodified, for their internal purposes only.