BS EN 54-23: Time for compliance is running out

The appropriate visual alarm signal is more important than an audible sounder in alerting those who are deaf or hard of hearing to fire. Visual Alarm Devices (VADs) sold for fire warning in the EU must be manufactured and certified to the requirements of BS EN 54-23 when the Construction Products Regulation (CPR) comes into force on 1st July 2013. Read more

The BS EN 54-23 standard was introduced in 2010 and specifies the requirements, test methods and performance criteria for Visual Alarm Devices (VADs) in fire detection and fire alarm systems. To complement BS EN 54-23 and BS 5839-1, LPCB and the FIA and have jointly published ‘Code of Practice for Visual Alarm Devices used for Fire Warning’ (COP0001). This provides guidance and recommendations on the planning, design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of VADs in and around buildings, other than single family dwellings. To access the COP for free click here

LPCB offers testing and approval to BS EN 54-23. To find out more contact:

To read a recent BRE Global article on Visual Alarm Devices click here

A new IP ‘The Construction Products Regulation and CE marking’ has been produced by BRE and is available to download here.

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