Escape doors & locks

The European Construction Products Regulation (CPR) prescribes mandatory CE marking for all exterior doors with escape function. Furthermore, emergency exit locks, panic door locks and locks for fire barriers must be certified in accordance with CPR.


CE certification of escape doors, their bolts and locks

Since 2010, exterior doors with an escape function have to show a certification for the "ability to release” property in accordance with EN 14351-1. This means that the locked door can be unlocked with one hand and swings open without constraint. The freedom of movement is particularly relevant for double-leaf doors, where jamming in the door rebate or the panic bars must be avoided when opening via the standing door leaf. This is prevented by a special fold geometry or by pushing flaps. Furthermore, the locks and straps used must also have a certification. A distinction is made here at the interlocks between emergency exit locks according to EN 179 and panic door locks according to EN 1125. These locks always consist of the lock mechanism, the corresponding striking plate and the actuating element. In the case of EN 179, the actuating element is a lever handle or a push plate, in the case of EN 1125, the actuating element is a panic crossbar or a push bar.

Locks for fire barriers are subject to EN 12209. A test according to this standard is intended to ensure that fire doors are kept closed in the event of a fire. In addition, long-term functionality is also relevant.

In addition, Holzforschung Austria conducts tests for locking sequence controllers and driver flaps in accordance with EN 1158.

All products and standards mentioned are assigned to the AVCP System 1 which means that the product is certified and the factory production control is monitored by the certification body.



Contact persons

Burglary-resistant elements

DI (FH) Jens Schöne

P:+43 1 798 26 23-79
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Doors and fittings

DI Martin Wieser

P:+43 1 798 26 23-47
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Our services

Initial tests

We carry out the initial tests of exterior doors with an escape function in accordance with EN 14351-1, emergency exit locks in accordance with EN 179, panic door locks in accordance with EN 1125, locks for fire protection locks in accordance with EN 12209 and closing sequence controls and pushing flaps in accordance withEN 1158.


Not everything must be tested! Starting with a test programme agreed on with us, the most representative designs can be tested in the laboratory and design variants can be released with an evaluation report.


Holzforschung Austria carries out the external monitoring for certifications according to EN 14351-1, EN 179, EN 1125, EN 12209 and EN 1158 throughout Europe and worldwide.


Our customers appreciate the complete range of initial testing, external monitoring, and certification. The validity of the certificates we issue can be checked in our certificate database.

Deformation measurement on door handles

Continuous operation testing of locks

Available infrastructure

  • Hardware test stands according to EN 179, EN 1125, EN 12209, EN 1158
  • Continuous operation test stands
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