Product Assessment Specification (PAS)24 is the enhanced security standard which covers the performance and test requirements of enhanced security windows/doorsets. Since the original standard (PAS 011) was published in 1994 it has gone through various iterations, including BS 7950. At the time of publication ADQ(England) and SBD still call up the previous standard (OAS 24:2012)* but almost all UKAS approved laboratories are now testing to the latest standard PAS 24:2016.
How do I comply with PAS 24?
- PAS 24 enhanced security is a minimum standard. A product either passes or fails.
- It does not mean that the window/doorset is impenetrable and it does not cover methods in which the product is installed/attached to the building.
- Whilst later iterations of the standard have evolved to meet the changing methods of real life attack, the spirit of the standard is designed to replicate a series of controlled, repeatable laboratory tests representing those used by an opportunist burglar.
- Testing to PAS 24 includes the following elements;
- Mechanical loading
- Manual attack using a prescribed set of tools by hardware manipulation and infill removal via cutting
- Hard and soft body impact
- Cylinder (DHF TS 007) and letterplate (DHF TS 008) vulnerability on doors
- It is important to distinguish the difference between a 'one-off' type test that may enable a manufacturer to comply with ADQ and claiming 'certified to' or compliance with PAS 24.
- For a manufacturer to comply with PAS 24 will involve regular on-going assessment and certification to BS 7412, via factory audits and testing to check conformity, including registration to a 3rd party certification scheme.
- 3rd party certification schemes will also require a manufacturer to demonstrate that products are fit for purpose by ensuring window/doorsets are tested to the BS 6375 series of standards.
- PAS 24:2016 can be purchased from https://shop.bsigroup.com/
*Source: VEKA - Enhanced security of windows and doorsets