The ECAC Common Evaluation Process (CEP) of security equipment is the laboratory testing programme of security equipment against ECAC/EU performance standards established by ECAC Member States in order to provide a common reference for national administrations to certify/approve the security equipment deployed at airports under their responsibility.

The aims of the CEP are:

  • To evaluate the technical performance of security equipment in an objective and standardised manner across the different Participating Test Centres participating in the process; and
  • To provide ECAC Member States with reliable information on equipment performance against adopted technical standards.

In addition, those tested configurations found to meet an ECAC/EU performance standard are published in the public part of the ECAC website, for the benefit of wider international community, i.e. non-ECAC Member States and industry stakeholders (e.g. airport operators).

Non-ECAC States such as Australia, Canada, Israel or the United States, which have their own security equipment testing programmes, recognise the value of the CEP and participate in ECAC technical meetings to exchange information and work towards the harmonisation of performance standards and testing procedures.

The CEP currently applies to the following categories of security equipment:


Explosive Detection Systems (EDS)

Liquid Explosive Detection Systems (LEDS)

Security Scanners (SSc)

Explosive Trace Detection (ETD) equipment

Metal Detection Equipment (MDE)

Explosive Detection Systems for Cabin Baggage (EDSCB)

Walk Through Metal Detectors (WTMD)


Lists for all CEP equipment types

The updated lists for all the categories of security equipment that has been evaluated as meeting an ECAC/EU performance standard are provided in the CEP News section.


Information and Guidance for Equipment Manufacturers

Security equipment manufacturers, requiring further information about the CEP, or wishing to apply for testing should click here (RESTRICTED access) using the appropriate login and password. Representatives of equipment manufacturers who require access rights are invited to contact