Guideline Primary Visual Alarm Devices and Supplementary Indicating Devices

05 June 2015

Since January 2014 visual alarm devices (VAD) used for warning building occupants of a fire emergency must comply with the requirements of EN 54-23 and suppliers/manufacturers of such devices must fulfil the requirements of the CPR when placing such devices on the EU market.

This has led to some confusion regarding the use of sounder beacon devices where the beacon element does not comply with EN 54-23. The use of such devices is acceptable while understanding that the beacon element must be regarded as a supplementary alarm indication and is not expected to provide a primary alarm warning signal for alerting/evacuating the occupants of the building. The manufacturer/supplier of this type of device should declare, clearly, to which EN 54 standard the sounder and/or beacon part of the device is tested and certified.

Last modified on Monday, 21 November 2016 11:27
Euralarm General Secretary

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


  • Malte Lohan

    Malte Lohan

    Director General Orgalim

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

  • 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."

  • 1

Contact us

Gubelstrasse 11
CH 6300 Zug - Switzerland

Swiss Commercial Registry Number: CHE-222.522.503

Who we are

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