Security equipment manufacturers meet with the ECAC CEP Management Group and testing methodologies developers

16, 22, 24, 25 November and 1 December 2022 — The 13th information session for security equipment manufacturers involved in the ECAC Common Evaluation Process (CEP) of security equipment held on 16 November brought together a total of 139 security specialists comprising 90 manufacturers and 49 members of ECAC’s CEP Management Group and Technical Task Force.

This general information session allowed participants to review the evolution of the seven CEP test programmes and their developments in 2022. These included proposed implementation of the new explosive vapour detection (EVD) equipment testing programme, a new CEP funding model, nine key performance indicators (to support the management of the CEP), and a new public website listing configurations whose performance standard has expired and the new test centre feedback process.

In addition, manufacturers were informed about the features of the CEP roadmap for the 2022-2024 triennium, adopted by Directors General at their Special meeting on 25-27 August 2022. The roadmap aims to further develop the CEP, enhance its efficiency and effectiveness and ensure it has the resources to deliver a professional, responsive, and world-leading equipment certification process for all stakeholders.

This session was followed from 22 November to 1 December by a series of four thematic videoconferences by type of equipment, where the moderators of each Technical Task Force study group exchanged with experts from equipment manufacturers on new performance standards and CEP Common Testing Methodologies. Topics covered included the implementation of the tray equivalence protocol in 2023, and the main features of the new Common Testing Methodologies for six types of equipment, including the new categories of EVD and Automated Prohibited Item Detection Systems (APIDS), which are in the approval process.