New ATS guideline

As of 7. September 2018 all CertAlarm partners (Contracted Certification Bodies and Recognized Test Laboratories, http://certalarm.org/ca/partners) will test and certify according to CertAlarm’s new ATS guideline. In the past, a transmitter could be given the EN 50136-1 certificate, when the device had only been tested to EN 50131-10 and EN 50136-2. The new guideline stipulates that to achieve the prestigious EN 50136-1 Alarm Transmission System Certificate, the test must include EN 50136-3 (for receiving equipment). Therefore to achieve an ATS certificate, the end-to-end system must be tested to EN 50131-10, EN 50136-1, EN 50136-2 and EN 50136-3. For fire systems EN 54-21 is also required.

“With the new guideline CertAlarm ensures that the security supply chain is specifying a system which has been end-to-end tested, in an effort to ensure security and reliability”, says Marc Chenevoy, Chair of CertAlarm’s Technical Advisory Group. “Other schemes which do not insist on end-to-end testing risk a reduction in security and solution management”, he adds. For all already existing CertAlarm ATS certificates, the following policy applies: The certificates are valid (even if they are not in compliance with the new guideline) until their date of expiry. For prolongations, the new guideline will be binding.