The Door and Hardware Federation, also known as the DHF has just announced the publication of PAS 3621 which is the multi point equivalent to the BS 3621 single point locking standards.
BS 3621 relates to single point locks, primarily for timber and steel doors whereas PAS 3621 covers multi point locks designed for uPVC and composite doors.
PAS 3621 is designed primarily for multi-point locking systems and the new publication aims to set a bench mark for consumers when selecting their security products.
To conform to PAS 3621 a door must have the following requirements:
- A multi-point locking system with 5 points or 2-4 hook bolts. A 20mm deadbolt throw.
- A pair of security handles (secured by design)
- A BS 1303 cylinder
BS 1303 is the standard for security cylinders which can be found here
As with BS 3621 locks, PAS 3621 locks are tested to equivalent side load forces. They also offer similar resistance to a number of methods of cylinder attack including bumping, snapping, picking and drilling.
* PAS 8621 is the publication for locking by key from the outside only with the facility to open from the inside without a key; and 10621 for unlocking by key from the outside only, with the ability to disable the escape function by key operation from the outside.