Overview of Fire Testing

Fire Test in progressIn order to sell or use a product, manufacturers or suppliers would often need to make sure that it meets certain fire performance criteria. The exact requirements can be complex, with typical issues as follows.

  • A number of different fire tests are often required.
  • For products that are sold internationally, the fire standards can vary in each country.
  • Standards are updated regularly, so tests which were carried out several years ago may no longer be relevant.
  • Requirements can be for fire testing, fire assessments or fire certification, and the differences between these are regularly misunderstood.

It can therefore be difficult for product manufacturers and suppliers to make sure that they comply with the relevant fire legislation when developing a new product, making changes to existing products or ensuring that they are up to date with current requirements.

For more details on typical types of materials and products that need to meet fire test standards, please click on this link.

IFC are experts in all areas of fire testing and regularly help our clients comply with the relevant fire testing requirements. Typical services that we offer to clients include:

  • assistance in developing new products
  • assistance in updating or modifying existing products
  • confirming compliance of existing products

In each case we would work with our client to:

  • review and identify the fire standards that the product needs to meet
  • review the product against those standards, along with any test evidence that may be available
  • if necessary, carry out Engineering Assessments of fire performance
  • confirm whether further Fire Testing is needed, and, if necessary, support the client in carrying those tests out
  • if 3rd Party Certification is needed, we can provide that via our Certification division 
  • producing documentation confirming the fire performance of the product, including Field of Application reports, if necessary, which show the range of situations in which the stated fire performance is valid.  

One of the unique aspects to our service is that we can also combine our fire testing expertise with our fire engineering experience which can often identify innovative new ways for our clients to utilise or market their products.

Our team of experts will be pleased to discuss this or any other topic with you.

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