There are three ways in which manufacturers describe their compliance:
Self-declaration is where a manufacturer makes their own claim of conformity by stating that the door, doorset or door component ‘complies with’ or is ‘designed to’ or ‘tested to’ a certain standard. These claims are no guarantee that products will meet the right standards or that they will continue to do so.
A test certificate tells the purchaser that a company’s products have been tested and they have a certificate to prove it. But caution still needs to be taken with this information as it only provides a snapshot of the product test.
Third-party certification tests and verifies a fire door’s design, performance, manufacturing process and quality assurance during manufacture. The company is independently audited to ensure that all the management and manufacturing processes and systems are in place to ensure consistency with the product that was tested. The product too, is subjected to regular scrutiny, with frequent testing taking place on standard products to ensure that the test wasn’t just a once-only event. In the BWF Fire Door Alliance Scheme, all manufacturers and companies that are licensed to cut an aperture and glaze doors are third-party accredited.