Fire Doors and Third Party Certification
What is Third Party Certification?
Third party product certification provides an additional level of assurance of both the level and consistency of performance relevant to the intended application.
It provides an independent, technical process for evaluating and approving systems, activities or products (and in some cases, individuals) against a set of defined criteria in standards and procedures.
Focus is on fitness for purpose. The certificate demonstrates that the relevant requirements set out in the criteria are met – not just once, but consistently.
Although third party certification is voluntary, it is often a requirement of the industry and is strongly endorsed by ASDMA, with a long record of use.
Importance for Fire Doors
Fire doors are a life safety product intended to protect escape routes by preventing the spread of fire and smoke, designed to mitigate risks and limit harm and damage from fire.
It is a legal requirement for fire door manufacturers to provide test evidence to show their product’s ability to resist fire. Once tested, the fire door must be manufactured to the same configuration, and in line with the approved scope.
Benefits for Specifiers and Users
Third party certification provides reassurance that the product is produced to the same specification and quality as that originally tested, and that the original test behaviour is reliably maintained.
• Scrutiny of the validity of the full range of available test evidence.
• Approval of the scope of application for the product, and allowable variations.
• Determination of the components able to be used in approved door assembly systems.
• Confirmation of the application of appropriate quality and production control systems.
• Ability to carry out investigations of factors that influence fire performance, where there is cause to do so.
• Independent product auditing and repeat testing as a routine of certification.
An additional route for raising questions – through the independent certification body, as well as the manufacturer and installer.
Processes are also subject to peer review by the industry, where the relevant expertise and knowledge resides.
Testing/ Certification Bodies
EXOVA has UKAS accredited laboratories providing testing, assessment and research services to prove the performance of products to British, European and International standards, including:
Security, Durability and Weather Testing for all types and configurations of doors and windows.
Acoustic Products Testing for building elements seeking to demonstrate sound insulation performance up to 58dB (Rw) or 73dB (R’w) against BS EN ISO 10140.
Air Tightness Testing for all commercial and domestic building types to satisfy the requirements of Approved Document L.
Product and Service Certification provided through Exova BM TRADA and Warrington Certification for the Q-Mark and Competent Persons Schemes for manufactures, installers and maintainers.
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With more than 45 years’ experience, Exova Warringtonfire is the world’s leading independent fire and security testing, fire engineering and certification organisation.
It offers a diverse range of specialist fire safety and security services to international markets from a network of accredited sites around the world including Europe, Middle East, Asia and Australia.
Exova Warringtonfire works with manufacturers, suppliers, designers, architects and engineers across a wide range of specialist markets including construction, rail, aerospace, automotive, marine and defence.
Exova is one of the world’s largest dedicated testing groups, trusted by organisations to test and advise on the safety, quality and performance of their products and operations.
Exova’s capabilities help to extend asset life, bring predictability to applications, and shorten the time to market for customers’ products, processes and materials.
With over 90 years’ experience, Exova specialises in testing across a number of key sectors from food and pharmaceuticals to aerospace, oil and gas, fire, engineering and construction.
Exova operates 111 permanent facilities in 22 countries and employs more than 3,500 people throughout Europe, the Americas, the Middle East and Asia/Asia Pacific.
International Fire Consultants Group, delivering ‘Confidence in Fire Safety’.
Established for over 30 years IFC Group, are one of the largest independent specialist fire and life safety engineering, design and certification practices in the World.
IFC Certification Ltd are a UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) accredited certification and inspection body, and members of the key industry fire safety bodies, providing independent 3rd party assurance and certification services for fire safety products and services. Offering global knowledge with experience in many jurisdictions to British, European and American standards.
Certification schemes are available for product manufacturers, installers and fire risk assessors. IFCC also certify quality management systems (ISO 9001), enhanced security products and as an inspection body IFCC provide independent inspection services. As a notified body IFCC undertake AVCP work to enable clients to CE Mark products.
International Fire Consultants Ltd are an award winning practice of Chartered Fire Safety professionals and engineers with a wide range of skills and expertise.
Services include fire safety strategies, detailed design and assurance, peer review, Expert Witness and Training.
As well as providing the fire safety engineering design of complex buildings, IFC are unique, as a non-laboratory based specialist engineering practice, in undertaking the evaluation of construction products for their ability to meet legislative requirements and/or the performance criteria of fire tests. We do not operate our own furnaces, primarily because it would dilute the focus away from our independence and specialist engineering knowledge. We arrange, manage and observe clients’ testing programmes in 3rd party laboratories.