In Spain, SMEs stand behind European norms

18 April 2017

Euralarm Members have long been involved in the development of European standards. But when such a standard is published, a new story begins with its implementation at national level.

Euralarm Member AES, the Spanish Association of Security Enterprises, has taken the position that certification for the European standards series for Intruder Alarm Systems EN 50131 should be mandatory for national electronic security companies. A lobbying campaign towards the Spanish Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Commerce and the Head of Government Economic Office resulted in the obligation for EN 50131 certification entering into law through a Royal disposition and five Ministerial orders. 

AES’ initiative allowed to revitalise the private electronic security Industry, and particularly Spanish SMEs, by moving from the total absence of regulation to a mandatory standard with established certification methods and new potential for business in retrofit and the installation of new devices, sensors and cameras compliant with the standard. More recently, AES has also offered a relay at national level to Euralarm’s policy and advocacy objectives by translating the Euralarm Manifesto 2016-2019 for a Safer and more Secure Europe in Spanish, and aims to use the document for its own national lobbying activities.

 

Piotr Pogorzelski

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