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Highest reliability clearly proven at 1st sight: With Europe´s No.1 Quality Seal

The renowned German VdS-Approval is the prime buying criteria for safety + security experts in Europe and far beyond.

  • Listed by UAE and many more authorities worldwide

  • Fully applicable to NFPA, ISO, EN and many more standards

  • State-accredited for highest objectivity

    Be on the safe side: With 110 years of trust accumulated worldwide ensuring VdS-approved systems will always work reliably when needed.

    VdS also publishes planning and installation guidelines for all relevant technologies – preferred by authorities and users not only for highest safety, but also for their practicality. You can download many of them for free at vds-shop.de/en

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VdS is one of the world's most renowned institutions for certifying corporate safety and security technology. 500 experts offer a unique range of services for fire protection and physical as well as cyber-security – including risk assessments, testing and approval, inspections, external fire protection officers and an extensive training program.

In addition, the independent institute sets international standards with the publication of a comprehensive set of guidelines. You can download many of them for free at vds-shop.de/en

The optimal protection of our partners bases on a worldwide unique safeguarding concept bundling more than 110 years of VdS-experience and combining all core aspects of loss prevention with the best of German engineering. Decision-makers around the world rely on VdS-approved reliability and certainty.


110 years of trust in proven reliability:

The VdS Quality Seal for products + services approved with German engineering is also listed by UAE and many more authorities all over the world. VdS-approved products are fully applicable according to NFPA, FM, ISO, EN and many more standards.

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With VdS, you will find faults in the complex safety technology immediately - and not while fire is raging.

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Risk Management & External Fire Protection Officers

Safety made easy: With Risk Management and our external Fire Protection Officers - bundling more than 110 years of VdS-experience.

VdS Loss Prevention
Amsterdamer Str. 172
50735 Cologne

Phone: +49 221 77660
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News & Innovations

Insurance Europe publishes international guidelines for the planning and installation of gas extinguishing systems - VdS-Guidelines VdS 2093, VdS 2380 and VdS 2381 served as a basis.

The European association Insurance Europe (IE) has issued three new guidelines for the planning and installation of gas extinguishing systems. These were drawn up on the basis of three current, practically oriented VdS guidelines:

The IE standard CEA 4007:2018-03 “CO2 Fire Extinguishing Systems – Planning and installation” is based on the guideline VdS 2093 “CO2 Fire Extinguishing Systems, Planning and Installation”; the IE standard CEA 4008:2018-03 “Gas Extinguishing Systems Using Non-liquefied Inert Gases – Planning and Installation” on the guideline VdS 2380 “Fire Extinguishing Systems using non-liquefied Inert Gases, Planning and Installation”; and the IE standard CEA 4045: 2018-03 “Gas Extinguishing Systems Using Halocarbon Gases – Planning and Installation” on the guideline VdS 2381 “Fire Extinguishing Systems using Halocarbon Gases, Planning and Installation.”

Furthermore, all guidelines include the VdS guideline VdS 3518 on safety and health protection. The background: There are currently no internationally uniform standards for safety and health protection, and in some European countries appropriate regulations are lacking entirely. With the introduction of the CEA standards, the requirements defined in the VdS guideline VdS 3518 can now be applied throughout Europe.

The guidelines from Insurance Europe and the VdS guidelines are available at www.vds-shop.de/en .

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New VdS-Guidelines:Reliable visual fire detection

Innovative image evaluation algorithms now also make optical fire detection possible – however, there are still no binding standards for ensuring the reliability of these camera systems. // VdS has therefore developed Guidelines for objectively evaluat-ing both the reliability and effectiveness of the technology, available free of charge.

Large dimensioned spaces (such as tunnels or many sales, production and storage areas) as well as the critical environments of the wood, textile or recycling in-dustries are difficult to protect with classic fire detection technology. The development of increasingly precise mathematical algorithms now also enables visual fire monitoring by camera equipment. These systems detect smoke and flames automatically, usually based on visible spectral components and predefined patterns. They thus serve as an important supplement to monitoring by traditional fire detection techniques.

Standards for these new technologies do not yet exist. At the request of its partners, VdS has therefore developed Guidelines for safe optical fire monitoring systems. Manufacturers now receive the extensive VdS support they are accustomed to for their reliable developments – also with regard to disturbance variables such as sinusoidal oscillations or electromagnetic influences as well as fluctuating supply parameters.

Bettina Bormann, responsible for fire detection systems in VdS Product Management, explains: “The new Guidelines were based on a successful innovation test for the Bosch Aviotec. And in the security sector, video-based systems have been in use for some time. So we were able to draw on important practical experience in developing application-specific requirements for supporting the numerous developments in the field of fire protection. The new test procedure makes the reliability of these special systems objectively assessable and thus verifiable”.

The Guidelines VdS 3847, “Video camera equipment for visual fire monitoring”, can be downloaded free of charge from vds-shop.de/en. The reliability of such systems is now clearly verifiable internationally with the worldwide accepted VdS-Approval. Often VdS-specifications later form the basis of EU- and other safety standards.

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