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Manifesto
17 February 2016

A faster and more efficient standardisation system in Europe would benefit consumers and manufacturers.We will continue to contribute actively to the work of European and international standardisation bodies to achieve this goal, notably through the development of market-oriented standards.

The European Commission, as part of its review of the European Standardisation System (ESS), should increase the role for market-driven standards as a way of focusing the system towards serving consumers and contributing to Europe’s competitiveness.

We call on the European Commission to adopt a revised and improved ESS (including through Regulation (EU) No 1025/2012) that strengthens market-driven standardisation. We also ask European Standards Organisations CEN, CENELEC and ETSI to ensure faster, efficient and effective processes with a program to continually improve the current system.

16 February 2016

We support the adoption of pan-European quality schemes for efficient testing, auditing and certification of electronic fire safety and security products, systems and services, based on harmonised one-stop testing schemes.

Such schemes would enable manufacturers to obtain pan-European certification from a single test report. SMEs in particular would benefit from equal access to national markets, free from the burdens of national certification schemes.In the medium to long term, Euralarm would like to see the development of a single European certification route for electronic fire safety and security products, systems and services. The reduction of delays and costs would make European manufacturers more competitive. The lack of a single market reduces economies of scale and, as a result, competitiveness in a global market.

We call on the European Commission, notably DG Home, to recognise the harmful trade barriers caused by the absence of a one-stop testing scheme. We encourage the Commission to adopt a more streamlined process, in line with the principle of mutual recognition.We also ask the European Commission and European test houses to join Euralarm in the development of a single European certification route. Test laboratories and certification bodies should also support the development of onestop testing schemes.

15 February 2016

The fire safety and security industry looks to develop the skills and competency levels of its employees and make the sector attractive for qualified professionals.

This goal can only be achieved through the creation of a system that recognises comparable skill levels across Europe, within the context of the European Qualifications Framework.Euralarm will promote a European framework for the qualification of personnel working in the areas of planning, installation, commissioning, monitoring and servicing of fire safety and security equipment. We seek to ensure that services in our sector are recognised as specialised activities that require staff trained under a pan-European third party framework.

We seek the support of the European Commission, notably DG EMPL and DG GROW, and the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training, in creating a system for skills recognition in our sector and its inclusion in the European Qualifications Framework.

14 February 2016

The fire safety and security industry looks to develop the skills and competency levels of its employees and make the sector attractive for qualified professionals.

This goal can only be achieved through the creation of a system that recognises comparable skill levels across Europe, within the context of the European Qualifications Framework.Euralarm will promote a European framework for the qualification of personnel working in the areas of planning, installation, commissioning, monitoring and servicing of fire safety and security equipment. We seek to ensure that services in our sector are recognised as specialised activities that require staff trained under a pan-European third party framework.

We seek the support of the European Commission, notably DG EMPL and DG GROW, and the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training, in creating a system for skills recognition in our sector and its inclusion in the European Qualifications Framework.

13 February 2016

Euralarm supports the establishment of a pan-European scheme for certification of service providers. It has engaged many of its members to work towards the development of the proposed European Standard EN16763 (‘Services for fire safety systems and security systems’), which will face a final vote by national committees in 2016.The industry needs the support of the European Commission, and certification bodies, to ensure effective implementation of the standard.

We ask certification bodies to join Euralarm in the development of testing and certification schemes based on the proposed EN16763 standard, and seek the backing of the European Commission in this work.

12 February 2016

The European Commission’s Smart Cities and Communities Initiative is a welcome step to ensure that new technologies play a role in improving the urban environment.

However, the Commission’s 2011 initiative and its 2012 Innovation Partnership should be broader in scope, extending from transport and energy to other areas of urban life, including security. Euralarm seeks to raise awareness of the safety and security aspects of smart cities and ensure that they play a role in future activities. This will include effective Public Emergency Alarm and Response that can alert populations across borders and ensure that disaster response can be as effective as possible.

We call on the European Commission to include fire safety and security aspects as part of its future work on smart cities, including research projects funded under Horizon 2020.We also ask the Commission to examine the need for a European Public Emergency Alarm and Response System and work with EU and non-EU governments to agree a common approach and standards.

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Endorsements

  • Malte Lohan

    Malte Lohan

    Director General Orgalime

    "From cybersecurity to standardisation, this collaboration helps us advocate the right policy framework for the future."

  • Maria Joao Conde

    Maria Joao Conde

    General Secretary APSEI

    "We value Euralarm’s close relationship with the European Institutions and its leading role in standardisation, particulalrly in European minimum quality services and professional qualification."

  • Dr. Ing. Oliver Linden

    Dr. Ing. Oliver Linden

    WAGNER Group Product Manager

    "WAGNER decided to permanently engage in Euralarm’s activities with special respect to matters of fire safety, contributing to reduce trade barriers and to enhance competitiveness and harmonisation of the European market."

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Euralarm
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CH-6301 Zug - Switzerland
E-mail: secretariat@euralarm.org

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Who we are

Euralarm represents the fire and security industry, providing leadership and expertise for industry, market, policy makers and standards bodies.