The open discussion between Euralarm, representing the electronic fire safety and security industry, and CCMC focused on how to make the European standardisation process more efficient.
The focus of the discussion was on the practical issues of the process that can be improved. Amongst others, two key points were agreed on for further investigation within CCMC.
• Within the EU Regulation No. 305/2011 (Construction Products Regulation, or CPR), a requirement for double EMC testing due to different dated references in EN54 and EN 50130-4 was identified. CCMC agreed that this should be corrected and will discuss possible solutions with the European Commission as soon as possible.
• The need for an industry Co-ordination group was discussed in order to ensure that all Fire Safety & Security standardisation work carried out is co-ordinated and implemented in a proper manner, to ensure that there is no duplication or inconsistency. Relevant areas include for example work on Heritage buildings fire protection, data centres fire protection….
CCMC representatives have been receptive to the proposal, especially in the sharing of experts, will take this proposal into consideration and review a possible framework.
During the meeting, CCMC was represented by Francisco Verdera Mari (Director-Strategic Partnerships), Jean-Paul Vetsuypens (Director of Standards) and Euralarm by Dominique Taudin (Vice-President Euralarm), Marc Chenevoy (Technical Manager Euralarm), Robert Thilthorpe (Chairman Technical Committee on Horizontal Compliance) and Glen Dale (General Director Euralarm).
The dialogue between Euralarm and CCMC on the issue of standardisation has been ongoing for a long time, and both organisations have been benefitting from a fruitful collaboration. The February meeting itself was a follow-up to Euralarm’s Market Driven Standardisation paper. Las year, Director General at CEN and CENELEC Elena Santiago Cid’s participated in the Euralarm 2015 Symposium in Vienna.