European Locksmith Federation Convention 2018

About ELF

ELF is the Federation of European national locksmith associations. It was founded in 1984 by Denmark, Finland, Germany, Norway, Sweden and the U.K. Today there are 18 national associations representing 1600 companies, 10,500 locksmiths and 17 supporting manufacturers/distributors. The organisation is made up of a board of 16 directors (one from each national association) that elects a president and two vice presidents every two years. The office is located in Helsinki. Each year, ELF hosts an annual convention in different member countries with an exhibition, education classes and social events, as well as two board meetings.

The purpose of ELF is to:

  • Unite the locksmiths of Europe
  • Promote the locksmith profession in Europe
  • Represent the locksmiths with manufacturers
  • Co-operate with government bodies for legislation
  • Communicate with other security organisations
  • Provide educational opportunities for locksmiths
  • Gather and distribute information to members
  • Publish the ‘Insight Magazine’ and membership list



APECSS, Who are we ?


APECSS - Associação Portuguesa de Chaves e Sistemas de Segurança, is a non-profit association established to promote the level of skills and ethics within the locksmith industry. Our nationwide accredited professional member companies commercialize all types of keys (home, auto and safe), security products, such as locks, armoured doors, safes, access control and provide high quality home, safes and auto locksmithing services.

Safety is our main concern!



Our mission is to;

Represent and speak for the locksmith/security industry

Unite and expand the exchange of trade information and knowledge with other related locksmith/security organizations

Encourage and promote loyalty to the profession

Ensure professional conduct, excellence and ethics

Create a public demand for professional locksmith services

Cooperate in advancing the best interest of the locksmithing industry

Join us, if you fell the same way too!

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