Test Standards Explained

Current Standards

Doors & Locks

BS 3621: 2007+A2: 2011
Thief resistant locks. Key egress.

The minimum standard for locks on external or entrance doors to be acceptable to the Association of British Insurers (ABI) and the police service. The effectiveness of the lock also depends on the quality of the door, frame and other hardware which is not tested by this standard and which may fail before the lock.

BS 8621: 2007+A2: 2011
Thief resistant locks. Keyless egress.

As above but accommodating locks that offer egress without the use of a key.

BS 10621: 2007+A2:2011
Thief resistant locks. Keyless egress.

As above but with external deadlock override facility NB only to be used on properties with an alternative means of escape.

PAS 3621: 2011
Multipoint locking assemblies. Keyed egress. Performance requirements and test methods.

Essentially a multipoint lock equivalent to BS 3621, utilising the same methodology i.e. key operation from both sides.

PAS 8621: 2011
Multipoint locking assemblies. Keyless egress. Performance requirements and test methods

Essentially a multipoint lock equivalent to BS 8621, utilising the same methodology i.e. key operation from the outside with non key operation on the inside (thumb turn or similar).

PAS 10621: 2011
Multipoint locking assemblies. Dual mode egress. Performance requirements and test methods

Essentially a multipoint lock equivalent to BS 10621, utilising the same methodology i.e. key operation from the outside with non key operation on the inside but with an additional facility to deadlock the door from the outside using a deliberate secondary positive action. NB such locks must only be used on properties with an alternative means of escape.

GHF/GGF TS007: 2012
Enhanced security performance for replacement cylinders and/or associated security hardware

Based upon BS EN 1303:2005 and the General Vulnerability Assessment from BS 3621 this standard incorporates additional requirements to address critical issues relating to the security provided by cylinders and associated keys.

Sold Secure SS 312 - Diamond Standard
Specification for Cylinders for Locks - Diamond Standard

Based on BS EN 1303:2005 and the General Vulnerability Assessment from BS 3621 this standard incorporates additional requirements to address critical issues relating to the security provided by cylinders and associated keys.

PAS 23: 1999
General performance requirements for door assemblies. Part 1, single leaf, external door assemblies (including all material relevant annexes)

A performance standard for door sets, which certifies that a particular door set, is fit for purpose. The security rating is not sufficient for police/insurance purposes and products must also have PAS24. NB. This standard is due to be withdrawn and will be replaced by BS 6375 parts 1, 2 & 3.

PAS 24: 2007+ A2: 2011
Enhanced security performance requirements for door assemblies (including all material relevant annexes)

Part 1 single leaf, external door assemblies. An attack test standard for door sets which certifies that a particular door, frame, lock and hardware set has withstood a series of physical tests based on common methods of burglary. This is the minimum police requirement for Secured by Design dwellings.

PAS 24: 2012
Enhanced security performance requirements for doorsets and windows in the UK. External doorsets and windows intended to offer a level of security suitable for dwellings and other buildings exposed to comparable risk.

This PAS supersedes the PAS 24:2007+A2:2011 with effect from 31st August 2012 and provides a method for testing and assessing the enhanced security performance requirements of external doorsets and windows providing an easier specification requirement for developments. This PAS covers doorsets and windows of all material types. Products are still required to meet the material specific requirements as detailed by the product standards for doorsets and windows.

STS 201 Issue 4: 2012
Enhanced security requirements for doorsets and door assemblies for dwellings to satisfy the requirements of PAS23 and PAS24

As the title suggests this is an equivalent test standard to PAS 24, incorporating PAS 23 (fitness for purpose), published by Warrington Certification.

LPS 1175: Issue 7
Specification for testing and classifying the burglary resistance of building components, strong-points and security enclosures

This includes doors, shutters and grilles primarily for commercial premises and some door and window applications for higher risk domestic premises; it is acceptable to the ABI and the Police. The standard has 8 levels, 8 being the highest, and levels 1 and 2 equivalent in many respects to PAS 24 for doors.

STS 202 Issue 3: 2011
Requirements for burglary resistance of construction products including hinged, pivoted, folding or sliding doorsets, windows, curtain walling, security grilles, garage doors and shutters.

This specifies a broadly similar range of attack tools and times to those specified at the lower levels of LPS1175. However, STS202 does not extend to cover the higher levels of risk addressed within LPS1175 and the attack methods used differ.

LPS 1270: Issue 1
Requirements and testing procedures for the LPCB Approval and Listing of intruder resistant security glazing units

Based on LPS 1175, this standard classifies glazing units that offer resistance to manual attack. Approved products are given a 3-digit rating according to their resistance to creation of local, hand-sized, and full body access apertures. This also allows manufacturers and specifiers to determine which glazing units offer attack-resistance commensurate with the Security Ratings defined in LPS 1175: Issue 7.

DHF TS 002 : 2009
Door viewers

Requirements and test methods for all forms of door viewer, designed to be used on doors in buildings, to allow occupants to detect and identify callers without having to reveal their own identity, or even their presence in some circumstances, to the caller.

DHF TS 003 : 2012
Door chains and limiters

This standard specifies requirements and test methods for all forms of door opening restrictor designed to be used on doors in buildings.

DHF TS 008: 2012
Enhanced security requirements for letterplate assemblies and slide-through boxes

This standard covers requirements for lockable letter box assemblies that are free standing or surface mounted and where mail is retrieved from the same side as delivery.

DHF TS 009: 2012
Enhanced security requirements for letter boxes

Enhanced security requirements for letter plate assemblies that allow mail to pass directly through the fabric of the building (door, wall or panel), and slide through boxes that allow mail to pass directly through the fabric of the building (door, wall or panel).

Windows

BS 7950: 1997
Note: This standard has now been withdrawn, but you may still find legacy references to it on the website.
Specification for enhanced security performance of casements, tilt/turn windows for domestic applications
  • BS 7950 must be supported by performance standards relevant to the materials used:
  • BS 4873, 2005 Specification for aluminium windows.
  • BS 7412, 2007 Specification for plastic windows made from PVC-U extruded hollow profiles.
  • BS 644-1, 2003 Wood windows. Specification for factory assembled windows - various types.
  • BWF:TWAS Timber window accreditation scheme.
  • BS 6510, 2005 Specification for steel windows, sills, window boards & doors.
  • LPS 1270 (Draft) Burglary resistance of security glazing and glazing films. Based on LPS 1175, this standard enables specifiers to select glazing films that offer resistance to manual attack equivalent to the building products in which the glass or film is to be used
LPS 1175: Issue 7 : 2010
Specification for testing and classifying the burglary resistance of building components, strong-points and security enclosures

This standard includes windows for higher risk premises and is graded levels 1 to 6.

LPS 1270 : 2010
Specification for testing and classifying the burglary resistance of security glazing and glazing films

Based on LPS 1175 this standard enables specifiers to select glazing films that offer resistance to manual attack equivalent to the building products in which the glass or film is to be used.

PAS 24: 2012

This PAS provides a method for testing and assessing the enhanced security performance requirements of external doorsets and windows providing an easier specification requirement for developments. This PAS covers doorsets and windows of all material types. Products are still required to meet the material specific requirements as detailed by the product standards for doorsets and windows.

General Security

LPS 1262 (Draft)
Requirements for companies installing security equipment

The correct installation of any security equipment is critical to that product providing the expected level of protection. This standard assesses installation companies on their training and suitability to install products to the appropriate level of protection.

LPS 1183: Issue 4.1, 2004
Requirements and test procedures for the approval of safe storage units

Safes and strongrooms are classified according to their resistance to determined attempts to gain unauthorised access to the contents.

EN 1143-1
Secure storage units. Part 1 Safes, strongroom doors and strongrooms

Very similar to LPS 1183 except there are prescriptive requirements for the locking system which must meet EN1300 (Secure storage units. Classification for high security locks according to their resistance to unauthorised entry).

EN 1143-2, 2001
Secure storage units

Requirements, classification and methods of test for resistance to burglary. Deposit systems.

LPS 1228: Issue 1, 1997
Specification for testing and classifying the burglary resistance of office furniture - lightweight containers.
LPS 1214: issue 2, 1996
Specification for testing and classifying physical protection devices for personal computers and similar equipment.
LPS 1224: Issue 2, 1999
Requirements for secure database registers

Specifications to ensure the viability and effectiveness of database registers for the recording of property and its owner.

LPS 1225: Issue 3, 2003
Specification for testing and classifying asset marking systems

Tests to prove the effectiveness and durability of property marking products.

LPS 1269 (Draft)
Requirements for the approval and testing of microdot' asset marking devises

The classification system within this standard indicates the resistance of the microdot mark to eradication of ownership traceability without visible damage to the marked item.

PS 1175: Issue 5.1, 2004
Specification for testing and classifying the burglary resistance of building components, strong-points and security enclosures

This covers a range of products for which the LPCB have developed tests to satisfy the security needs of insurers, police, government or other specifiers.

BS 7939:1999
Smoke Security Devices - Manufacture, installation & maintenance

Devices which, on intrusion, generate non-toxic smoke to disorientate intruders and reduce loss.

LPS 1266 (Draft)
Requirements and tests for external barriers, fences and gates

This standard is based on manual attack testing and defines six levels of resistance to penetration. Fencing materials that create a complete five or six sided enclosure are covered by LPS 1175.

  • Security Fencing Independent evaluation has also been accepted for certain high security fencing, including electronic protection and wall/fence-top protection, for which there is currently no suitable test standard.
  • Forensic Trace (DNA) products. Independent evaluation has also been accepted for these products that identify the owner through chemical analysis.
BS EN 50131-1, 1997
Alarm Systems

Communication systems for intruder alarms as tested against the standard by LPCB.

BS: PAS 820 Forensic coding

Tests forensic coding for performance when exposed to artificial weathering. Allows the classification of products where the identification or verification of the mark requires laboratory analysis. It only covers the code not the carrying system.

Vehicle Security

THATCHAM Q Report or Cat 5

Confirmation that a stolen vehicle tracking system is accurate, effective and meets criteria to gain a police response to recover the vehicle.

Technical standards are an essential part of selecting the correct security. To assist with the comparison of standards where different risk levels apply, we have published the following guides in conjunction with the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) and the Loss Prevention Certification Board (LPCB):

Computer Security Standards Guide

Doors and Windows Security Guide

Security Screens Guide

UK Police Service Secured by Design (SBD) interpretive document for BS EN 1627 to 1630

To purchase BSI Standards

Security products without the benefit of a suitable public test standard may be accepted having passed our evaluation based on research by a technical authority acceptable to Secured by Design e.g. Forensic services, Home Office Centre for Applied Science & Technology (HOCAST) or Motor Insurance Repair Research Centre, Thatcham.

Test Facilities

Below you can find links to test houses which are accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS), or alternative accreditation bodies that are part of the EA Multilateral Agreement (MLA), and are currently testing products to PAS24 and equivalent standards that are supported by Secured by Design on behalf of the UK Police Service:

Certification Bodies

Below you can find links to the certification/accreditation bodies that are currently recognised by Secured by Design for products utilised within developments and for companies seeking membership of the Secured by Design licensing scheme: