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As with many other products, there are recognised legal European safe 'testing standards' that apply across the E.U. to all certified safes and strong rooms. Certification of these standards is of prime importance when it comes to having accurate information regarding attack resistance.

About European certification for safes & strongrooms

Safe Ratings And European Standards

In order to be valid in the E.U. any certification you see on a safe or vault must be awarded by a certification body that has European accreditation according to EN45011 or the new ISO/IEC 17065:2012 standard.

This accreditation is confirmation of competence according to ISO/IEC 17065:2012 to carry out the certification of the specific security products listed on the cert in accordance with the relevant European standards.

There are many “certification marks” in the European market that have no such accreditation. There is nothing wrong with a manufacturer or an individual creating a certification mark or grade and using it on their products, but as a non accredited certification, it has no legal basis under CEN European Standards. The purpose of such a “certification” mark is open to question and can often mislead.

All certified safes tested to the EN1143-1 (non deposit) or EN1143-2 (deposit) standard are tested as they were manufactured and are certified once the test is complete to their proven level of resistance.


Once a test certificate has been issued for a particular product only very minor alterations may be permissible such as a lock upgrade or an alarm cable track.

Any physical alterations to the unit such as suction tube, capsule deposit, rotary deposit drum or envelope slot will make the EN1143 certification void for insurance purposes.

Accredited European certification for safes and vaults

ECBS – Germany

VDS – Germany

SBSC – Sweden

CNPP – France

Irish safes ratings based on European certification

I.S.R.G. safe ratings take into account the installation of an Intruder Alarm which is a common practice for setting these recommendations across Europe. This results in two set of recommendations one with and one without a monitored intruder alarm installed.


All recommended ratings are subject to risk assessment and the appropriate security controls being in place.

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Recommended insurance amounts

Secure cabinets EN14450 – Safes EN 1143-1 – Deposit Safes EN 1143-2

Amounts in €1000 units
Contents cover is five times cash rating


Type Without Intruder Alarm With Intruder Alarm
S1 EN 14450 Secure Cabinet NA NA
S2 EN 14450 Secure Cabinet NA NA
0 EN 1143-1 Safe €3,750.00 €7,500.00
I EN 1143-1 / EN1143-2 Safe / Deposit Safe €6,250.00 €12,500.00
II EN 1143-1 / EN1143-2 Safe / Deposit Safe €12,500.00 €25,000.00
III EN 1143-1 / EN1143-2 Safe / Deposit Safe €12,500.00 €50,000.00
IV EN 1143-1 / EN1143-2 Safe / Deposit Safe €12,500.00 €90,000.00
V EN 1143-1 / EN1143-2 Safe / Deposit Safe €12,500.00 €150,000.00
VI EN 1143-1 Safe €12,500.00 €200,000.00
VII EN 1143-1 Safe PA PA
VIII EN 1143-1 Safe PA PA
IX EN 1143-1 Safe PA PA
X EN 1143-1 Safe PA PA
XI EN 1143-1 Safe PA PA
XII EN 1143-1 Safe PA PA
XIII EN 1143-1 Safe PA PA
  • Recommended amounts are for indicative purposes only and are subject to approval by the insurer on a case by case basis
  • Certified deposit safes are only available in grade 1 to 5 and display the certification EN1143-2. Any other mark not accepted
  • Certified safes with a weight of <1.000 kg must be anchored at the place of installation in accordance with the EN1143-1 specification
  • NA – Not advised
  • PA – Prior approval recommended – It’s necessary to discuss this cover in detail with your insurance company as it falls outside normal recommendations