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Members of the BWF Fire Door Alliance Scheme have committed themselves to a rigorous certification programme requiring a considerable investment in time and money. This commitment to fire door / fire doorset performance and quality will ensure these lifesaving products achieve their aim of protecting lives and property.
The quality procedures and standards which BWF Fire Door Alliance members pledge to commit to are summarised below. For an overview of the importance of third-party certification visit the ‘What is Certification’ section – click here.
Third party certification is the cornerstone of the BWF Fire Door Alliance and should be the minimum requirement demanded for every passive fire protection product. Third party certification tests and verifies a fire door’s design, performance, manufacturing process and quality assurance from manufacture.
Membership of the BWF Fire Door Alliance is currently only open to companies holding third-party certification under either the Warringtonfire Certifire or BM TRADA Q-Mark Schemes.
Testing a fire door, at a UKAS approved test facility, to BS476 part 22 or EN 1634-1, is the best sure way to demonstrate that it is going to fulfil its rating. A rating is given to the door assembly based on the time it has held back the fire without being breached.
The certification provider requires each fire door design to be tested as a complete assembly every 5 years, or 250,000 doors produced, to ensure standards are maintained.
All members involved in the manufacture and conversion of fire doors or their associated components are audited annually by their Certification provider.
The audit aims to ensure that fire doors or components being made and adjusted use the same materials identified in the original test for that specific design. The auditor will also look to ensure that the BWF Fire Door Alliance Certifire labels and installation instructions are being attached to every door and that records are kept for each door, to ensure traceability.
Third-party certification requires more than just the testing and auditing of the fire doors. The design and manufacturing process is also assessed and, as part of this, either ISO 9001: 2015 Quality Management System or a Factory Performance Control (FPC) System is also a requirement of the BWF Fire Door Alliance. This requirement helps to ensure that standards are consistently maintained for every fire door or fire doorset manufactured.
ISO 9001:2015 or an FPC requires that procedures are put in place to ensure products are made in the correct way with all the correct materials every time. The ISO 9001 or FPC systems are also audited each year by an UKAS accredited auditor to check that the procedures are being implemented as they are stated to be.
All staff involved in the sale of fire doors or components at are required to undertake regular training. The purpose of this training is to ensure staff understand the latest Building Regulations and can offer correct advice to their customers. It’s crucial that customers purchase the correct compatible components for the fire door to ensure it maintains its certification and will achieve its rating in the event of a fire.
Comprising of timber fire door manufacturers, licensed door processors, door blank manufacturers and manufacturers and/or suppliers of fire door assembly components, the BWF Fire Door Alliance’s vision is that every fire door or fire doorset sold in the UK meets required standards through its service life.
By using BWF Fire Door Alliance Members you can ensure that product supplied will be compatible, hold a current Fire Certificate and will be supplied with installation instructions.