What is 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.