Understanding Certification

Understanding Certification

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Pyroplex regularly extends its portfolio of test evidence by continuously testing its products to various National and International Standards.

Pyroplex takes an active approach to fire protection both in terms of fire testing and supporting Third Party Certification and CE marking.

Third Party Certification

Third Party Certification is a series of independent certification schemes that assures performance, quality, reliability and traceability of fire protection products that non-certificated products may lack. This does not mean goods and services that are not third party approved are less reliable, but there is no obvious way in which this can be demonstrated. Third party quality assurance can offer comfort both as a means of satisfying you that goods and services you have purchased are fit for purpose, and as a means of demonstrating that you have complied with regulatory requirements.

The fundamental benefit of third party schemes is seated in giving the regulator, specifier, customer and end-user confidence with regards to the stated performance of the product and provides an informed choice when purchasing or selecting the product.

Choosing a product that carries the mark of a reputable Third Party Certification body gives assurances as to the performance of the products. Using certificated products, correctly installed, provides a powerful demonstration that due diligences have been served.

Routine FPC (Factory Production Control) checks to monitor the quality and the performance of the active elements.

CE marking

The EEA (European Economic Area) operates a system of ‘attestation of conformity’ of products designed to provide a harmonised means of evaluating products against agreed European technical specifications. Proof of conformity with the European technical specification permits products to be placed on the market and for the manufacturer to label the product with a CE Mark.  This ‘proof’ may or may not require Third Party Certification.

CE marking is not true Third Party Certification; it is a manufacturer’s declaration of conformity. It exists solely to facilitate cross border trade within the EEA. Voluntary Third Party Certification schemes provide a higher level of product endorsement, they may provide: –

  • Greater reassurance for safety and fitness for purpose by taking into account the full spread of available test data (which will most likely vary from product to product)
  • Facility for auditing the product, from the market if necessary
  • Links between different schemes for different individual products, which may not have European technical specifications ready (e.g. reactive materials, penetration and linear joint seals encompassing all components within the certification)

To access Certificate of Conformity, Declarations of Performance, BSI Certificates & European Classifications please click here.

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