The VdS Certification Body is accredited by the German Association for Accreditation (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Akkreditierung mbH- DAkkS) in accordance with DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025 for the certification of products in areas such as intruder alarm systems, video surveillance systems, access control systems, transmission systems, burglar-resistant facade elements, attack-resistant glazing, locks and fittings, safes and high-security locks.
Tests under VdS approval procedures are performed in accordance with VdS guidelines if no adequate national or European regulations are available. We have developed guidelines which are particularly practical and quickly adapted to new causes of loss. VdS ensures objectivity by the participation of experts from the police, insurers, associations of manufacturers and installers. In addition to type testing and certification of individual products, e.g. alarms or electrical power supply, we certify the smooth interaction of all components in systems.
In a preliminary discussion we clarify with the manufacturer the requirements for VdS approval. Whether standard or custom-made products: We create together the appropriate VdS test methods and concept. After the preliminary talk the manufacturer places an order for testing and certification by VdS. VdS accepts, of course, the principle mandatory certification of quality management ISO 9001 - regardless of national borders, as well as the product testing. If the product to be tested and the documentation is available, the testing can start. If required, we also carry out development-related tests. After the successful completion of the tests (and all the requirements are fulfilled), the certificate of the VdS approval on the product is issued.
Now the product can be promoted with the most coveted VdS quality seal and so clearly demonstrates its functionally secure reliability and safe operation. The VdS approval is granted usually for four years. Even after the approval the certified products undergo various monitoring measures by VdS. To ensure a consistent quality we carry out product audits at the manufacturer or check product samples. This procedure is one of the many factors that justify the special trust in the VdS certificate and makes our seal number one for security and safety decision makers.
We have for years positioned ourselves globally and work in the approval of products in close cooperation with all relevant certification institutes in Europe. Manufacturers also benefit through a variety of agreements for mutual recognition of test results. However we also work closely with various partners outside of Europe.
The Association of Swiss Security System Installers (SES) defines and regulates Switzerland's requirements for the technical design of intrusion, burglary and hold-up alarm systems. It is also responsible for installer approvals as well as product testing and certification. With test reports or certificates from VdS, manufacturers can obtain SES approval.
We operate laboratories with high-quality equipment where especially type and system tests of products for protection against fire and burglary are carried out. Our worldwide reputation results especially from the extensive expertise and experience of our engineers, in addition to the use of modern technology and innovative test methods. Learn more about our security laboratories.