Testing to the appropriate Fire Standard e.g. BS EN 1634 is a pre-requisite for products intended for use on Fire Doors and an essential element in attaining CE marked status. Manufacturers are required to label or identify the product with the certificate number and to supply fixing instructions to ensure that it is used in the correct way.
Having established the performance requirements under the appropriate
EN, a full appraisal of the product is undertaken to determine the field
of application, this analysis is often more stringent than the tests applied
in gaining CE marking although one may contribute to the other. The Certifire
test results information is contained in the certificate and specifies
on which types of door the product is approved for, together with any
‘Third party conformity
certification schemes not only provide a means of identifying materials
and designs of systems, products or structures which have demonstrated
that they have the requisite performance in fire, but additionally provide
confidence that the systems, materials, products or structures actually
supplied are provided to the same specification or design as that tested/assessed.’
Full details of Certifire certificates are contained in a register, which
is regularly updated and freely available to architects, specifiers and
regulatory enforcement authorities. HI-LOAD hinges were the first to have
Certifire approval and one of the very few ranges to have that approval.
HI-LOAD hinges have exceeded 30 and 60 minutes testing on fire-rated timber
doors and doorsets - without integrity failure.
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