New standard 13637: 2015


The European standard for "Electrically controlled escape door systems for doors in escape routes" EN 13637 has been published in all EU member states and is the current state of the art. As with many other European standards that are intended for harmonization in the construction products sector, harmonization is currently still open. For this reason, the withdrawal of national standards is not yet mandatory. Therefore, the legal situation in the individual EU member states is different:


In Germany, testing in accordance with EltVTR is a prerequisite for use in accordance with construction law. Appropriate test certificates for ePED in switch design are available for the German market.
DIN EN 13637: 2015 extends the EltVTR known in Germany with additional options for the implementation of security concepts. Functions that deviate from the EltVTR (e.g. time delay) must, however, be approved in individual cases by the responsible building authority.


The ÖNORM EN 13637 was also published in 2015. There are no conflicting national standards. In parallel, the ONR 25340 "Hardware on doors in escape routes - rules for the practical implementation of ÖNORMEN EN 179, EN 1125 and EN 13637 exchange, retrofitting and retrofitting on existing emergency exit and panic doors" has been published.


The publication took place in 2015. In Switzerland, the SIA (draft) 343/1 “Doors in escape routes” is working on a comprehensive description of the use.

Other countries

In countries without existing requirements for electrically controlled escape door systems, EN 13637 can serve as the basis for approval by the supervisory authority. The second page of the test certificate is also bilingual and will be included in the next update.

Note: Electrically controlled escape door systems for doors in escape routes DIN EN 13637: 2015 also include dead escape door locks.