European Standards

Irish Safes Ratings And European Standards

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.

European Parliament regulation 765/2008 is the legal basis for accredited European certification of secure storage throughout Europe and this includes, safes (EN1143-1), deposit systems (EN1143-2), strongrooms (EN1143-1), secure cabinets (EN14450), and data safes (EN15659 + EN1047-1/2). 

Accredited testing laboratories in Europe must have accreditation according to ISO/IEC 17025 to carry out testing of the specific security products being tested in accordance with the relevant European standards. European bodies certifying safes must have accreditation according to ISO/IEC 17065 to carry out the certification of the specific security products they are certifying. Both of these standards are required for, management of impartiality, ensuring non-discriminatory conditions and to verify structural requirements so that results can be relied on.

There are many “certification marks” in the European market that have no such accreditation. There is nothing legally preventing 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 or credibility under CEN European Standards.

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 EN1143-1 / EN1143-2 certification void for insurance purposes.

Common accredited European certification marks for safes and vaults found in Ireland.

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  • ECBS – Germany
  • VDS – Germany
  • SBSC – Sweden
  • CNPP – France

As with all other safes rating in Europe, Irish safes ratings are based on European certification taking into account the installation of an Intruder Alarm, which is a common practice for setting these recommendations across Europe. In Ireland this results in two set of recommendations one with and one without a monitored intruder alarm installed.

What Accredited Certification Looks Like

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Irish Safes Ratings

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 sets of recommendations one with and one without a monitored intruder alarm installed.

May 2016

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
Grade Certification 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