A prime fire door manufacturer is either:
- A company which manufactures a fire door from scratch, which may include the use of separately supplied fire door core material
- A company which purchases a door blank that is not currently certificated by Warringtonfire Testing and Certification Limited (WTCL) (Certifire) or Elements BM TRADA (Q-Mark) and turns it into a saleable fire door*
- A company who manufactures doors* from a door blank certificated by either WTCL or BM TRADA and has fire test evidence to be able to produce doors outside of the scope of the blank manufacturer’s test evidence. *This can include adding lippings, mouldings, veneers and fitting vision panels.
NOTE: If you wish to process blanks certificated by WTCL or BM TRADA within the scope of the blank manufacturer’s CF certificate, you may do so as a Licensed Door Processor rather than a Prime Door Manufacturer.
Either process may include manufacturing fire door frames to suit the doors you manufacture and making up doorsets or doorkits.
Criteria for Joining
To join as a prime fire door manufacturer, you will need to fulfill the following:
- Have a Factory Production Control (FPC) system, audited by WTCL or BM TRADA or ISO 9001 : 2015.The latter can be carried out by any UKAS accredited certification body.
All doors tested to BS476 Part 22 or the European equivalent EN 1634-1 – If valid test evidence exists for a door blank in the name of another company it is possible to have an assessment done by WTCL or BM TRADA to achieve the certificate in your company’s name.
- Certification – Certification must be undertaken by WTCL or BM TRADA. The basis for initial certification is an audit of your company’s manufacturing process to ensure all fire doors are being manufactured within the scope of your valid test evidence.
- Yearly audits are required to maintain certification.
- The Scheme requires the use of a tamper evident label, identifying the door’s rating, whether a smoke seal is required, the fire test certificate number, a unique serial number and the name and phone number of the manufacturer. This makes the label traceable throughout the supply chain – Labels are available exclusively from the BWF.
An non-refundable Application Fee of £250 is charged which is offset against membership once the certification process is completed.