by Sarah Colwell (07-Sep-2016)
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Manufacturers of products have always faced the need to demonstrate compliance with a wide range of codes and standards to trade, but as new and emerging markets open up the range of such requirements is also increasing and, with it, the potential for confusion between the performance of products when tested to standardised methodologies and the evidence needed to meet different local requirements.
This Information Paper identifies the key processes used to test and approve fire suppression products. It discusses the risks of assuming compatibility between different codes and standards, which may ultimately impact on the safety of both people and property in fire. It also looks at the key differences between the types of documentary evidence used to support products placed on the market in the form of test reports compared with third-party certification, and the potential impact of these differences on the traceability and independence of the data and ultimately the quality of products.
In addition, this Information Paper discusses the importance of appropriate design, installation and maintenance of systems within the built environment, with possibilities for mitigating risks for the building owner or occupier. It is aimed at specifiers, designers, regulators and manufacturers.
1 Which building codes?
1.1 Life safety requirements
1.2 Property protection requirements
2 Selection of design and installation standards
2.1 Installation and inspection
3 Product performance standards
5.1 Accreditation or certification?
188.8.131.52 Recognition of accreditation bodies
5.2 Third-party certification schemes
5.2.1 Objectives of third-party certification
5.3 Scheme requirements
5.4 Product certification schemes: basics
5.4.2 Determination (testing)
5.4.4 Decision and listing
5.5 Non-conforming products
6 CE marking and third-party approval