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January 8, 2011

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Passive fire protection pointers

The Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) has published an Advisory Note containing what it describes as essential information with regard to indicative, or ad-hoc testing of passive fire protection products.

Because product certification is not mandatory fire test reports are often used to demonstrate a product’s fire performance. This, according to the ASFP, can result in unsuitable reports being used – for example, using an ‘indicative’ or ‘small-scale’ fire-resistance test as justification for the performance of a full-size element.

The Advisory Note suggests to end-users that in the absence of third-party product certification, evidence of performance should always be supported by Standard Tests, and that ad-hoc tests should only be used where no British or European standard exists. Indicative tests, it advises, should only be used for product development. If in any doubt, it concludes, seek advice from the test laboratory that undertook the test.

The Association fully supports third-party certification as the most appropriate way of demonstrating the performance of passive fire protection products in the marketplace.

To download a free copy of the Advisory Note, visit

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