Security is a vital element for the society with high impact on the social, political and economic consolidation of the Europe. The EU security market value accounts for €30 billion - €36.5 billion and represents an important element to stability, economic growth, job creation in Europe.

CEN and CENELEC are committed to strengthen the industrial and technological base of the security sector and to empower industry with the right tools to operate in a more open and competitive EU market.

In 2011 CEN, CENELEC and ETSI accepted the programming Mandate M/487 to establish security standards with focus on civil security applications. This excluded from its scope the ICT security enabling technologies. In response to Mandate M/487, the ESOs carried out a study analyzing the current security standardization landscape and the security end-users needs of standards. To this aim, CEN/TC 391 ‘Societal and citizen security’ collaborated with several industry players and public authorities to identify priorities  for future standardization work in three  thematic areas set out in the European Commission COM (2012)417 final- Action Plan for innovative and competitive security industry (pdf format): (1) Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives (CBRN-E); (2) Border Security – automated border control systems (ABC), as well as biometric identifiers; (3) Crisis Management and Civil Protection – including communication and organizational interoperability.

The European Standardization Organizations (CEN, CENELEC and ETSI) published the final report of M/487 (pdf format), which sets out proposed standardization roadmaps for developing new standards that will contribute to improving the security of Europe’s citizens. These priorities have been included in the final report of M/487 phase 2 and some of them will soon be part of the work programme of the CEN and CENELEC technical committees.

Alarm systems are essential for the economic success of almost all sectors of European markets. Rapid technological developments and policy developments have brought new challenges for alarm systems the alarms systems’ market. Both European and international standards are the baseline for global business, and cannot be ignored. CLC/TC 79 ‘Alarm systems’ has long contributed to the definition of performance standards for alarm systems for intruder and hold-up alarm systems, access control systems, periphery protection systems, CCTV systems.

CEN and CENELEC contact person: Constant Kohler