British Standard BS 8243 has been released for public comment.

BS 8243  - Installation and Configuration of Intruder and Hold-up Alarm Systems Designed to Generate Confirmed Alarm Conditions – Code of Practice offers recommendations on the installation, maintenance and management of intruder and hold-up alarm systems. The public comment period ends on 20th March 2021.

The draft standard includes a number of changes:

  • The choice of confirmation type as defined in the standard is now entirely optional.
  • Some prescriptive methods on how to achieve visual and audio confirmation are removed and are replaced with requirements of what should be achieved.
  • The requirement to inform the response authority when using two movement detectors within a single housing is removed.
  • Telephone call back as a method of HUA confirmation is only permitted for domestic installations.
  • Confirmation procedures accommodate different process for sequential confirmation or where confirmation is decided at an ARC.
  • Removal of ARC monitoring requirements which should be included in the new BS 9518 monitoring centre standard.
  • Addition of requirements for setting and unsetting an intruder alarm system via a remote device

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