Regulations for Fire Alarm Systems in Spain

Regulations for Fire Alarm Systems

Introducction 

Normativa para Sistemas de Alarma de Incendios

Regulation 305/2011/EU regulates the applicable requirements for all construction products within the European territory, including fire safety products. It is known that the CE Marking is mandatory in all products of the European market. What this directive does is to establish the way in which this CE Marking is achieved specifically for this class of products.

Unlike in other areas, such as the Intrusion and Stopover systems (I & HAS) where the application of harmonized standards is voluntary, the regulation 305/2011 / EU, known as RPC, establishes that the CE marking of fire safety must be based on in compliance with the corresponding harmonized standards.

In Spain, the Regulation of Fire Protection Installations (RIPCI) translates these requirements to our country and establishes the conditions and requirements for the design, installation, maintenance and inspection of the equipment and systems that make up the fire protection installations. . Royal Decree 513/2017 of May 22 approves what is currently the latest version of the RIPCI. In 2018, the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness also publishes a Technical Guide for the application of this regulation to “offer a reference for the application (…) and contains clarifications for the practical application of the provisions of the regulation”


Family EN 54, harmonized standards 

The appendix to Annex I of the RIPCI Application Technical Guide lists the standards for compliance with standards in the European area. Specifically, for fire detection and alarm systems, harmonized standards require the EN 54 family.

Normativa para Sistemas de Alarma de Incendios

The family of standards EN 54 describes the general requirements of a fire detection and alarm system and includes specific standards for each type of product, from a fire alarm central to acoustic devices (sirens), manual pushbuttons or heat detectors and smoke. As already pointed out, through the RPC its obligatory compliance is established for all those products for which there is a harmonized standard.

However, to promote innovation, the RIPCI contemplates the possibility of using non-traditional products for which there are no harmonized standards. In this single case the CE Marking is voluntary, it is not required. CE Marking is a guarantee of quality that can mean a competitive advantage in the market. To ensure this quality if the manufacturer decides to use the CE Marking for products not covered by harmonized standards, he has to justify technical requirements through what is known as the European Assessment Document and a European technical evaluation.

In both cases, whether by means of harmonized standards or by means of a European Assessment Document, the intervention of an Accredited Entity that ensures compliance with the standard is necessary..

Alter Technology as an accredited laboratory and certification body

Alter Technology TÜV NORD has ENAC accreditation to certify all products as part of fire detection and alarm systems according to the EN 54 family of standards according to the type 5 certification scheme in accordance with the UNE-EN ISO / IEC 17067 standard: 2014 as indicated in the RIPCI.

Normativa para Sistemas de Alarma de Incendios

In addition to the ability to certify equipment in accordance with the EN 54 standards, the company also has an accredited laboratory to carry out the tests required by these standards that can issue valid reports to access the certification.

If you are a manufacturer or have an interest in certifying or testing equipment part of fire detection and alarm systems, Alter Technology can advise you on its certification services. Do not hesitate to contact our team.

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