To ensure the necessary quality of these solutions, VdS has developed Guidelines that enable testing and certification.
Now, more components in fire detection systems are able to monitor their status data or functions independently. Reliable self-test devices can increase the availability of safety systems and support operators as well as installers in maintenance and servicing.
Bettina Bormann, VdS Product Manager responsible for the new publication, emphasises: “Self-test devices can, for example, monitor individual performance characteristics continuously or at regular intervals, actively as well as passively. In order to evaluate the innovative and diverse solutions in a qualified and standard-compliant manner, we have – as always together with numerous industry experts – developed a procedure for testing and approval.”
The Guidelines VdS 3860, “Self-test devices for components of fire detection and alarm technology – requirements and test methods”, are available free of charge at vds-shop.de/en
VdS and UK data acceptance agreement
Further deepening of the relationship between European and US market VdS and UL, the US safety science leader, have signed a data acceptance agreement for a range of European certification standards. For fire detection and alarm systems according to EN 54, both market leaders can from now on accept each others´ testing data – ensuring the reduction of costs as well as time to market for their customers.
Dr. Robert Reinermann, CEO at VdS Loss Prevention, stated, “The VdS mission is to always ensure not only proven safety, but also comprehensive and time-saving support for our customers – among other things by delivering all needed testing services from a single source. Signing this mutual data acceptance agreement is a great step forward for both VdS and UL, whose focus on safety and quality matches our own ideals. This agreement will help our clients access new opportunities and streamline the process of cross-border certification.”
Chris Hasbrook, Vice President and General Manager of UL´s Built Environment Group, said, “We are pleased to announce a mutual data agreement with VdS. We like what VdS represents and share similar values, and this relationship is something our customers support. It is a great move for both organizations and, more importantly, for our customers, who will now be able to access markets that they might not have considered previously.”
From now on, VdS clients will get the added benefit of UL accepting VdS data for issuing its UL-EU / UL-AU Mark, as well as the UK CPR Certificate (for applying UKCA). VdS can accept UL testing to European standards. Furthermore, mutual VdS/UL clients will receive broader market access by applying the VdS and UL Marks to their products.