The Fire Protection Association receives UKAS accreditation for BS 8458 Watermist system testing
The Fire Protection Association (FPA) is delighted to announce we have been awarded UKAS accreditation to carry out fire tests on watermist systems to BS 8458 : 2015 Fixed fire protection systems – Residential and domestic watermist systems – Code of practice for design and installation.
We are proud to be leading the way as one of the first UK fire testing facilities accredited to offer this important British Standard test.
The desire for automatic fire suppression systems has increased dramatically in recent months and years. We have also seen changes in the requirements in legislation such as the mandate for automatic fire suppression systems in all new domestic premises in Scotland and Wales.
The FPA recognised that there were limited test facilities third-party accredited to conduct BS 8458 fire test, meaning there were limited ways to purchase an approved domestic or residential Watermist system which had been tested by a competent certified laboratory. The FPA decided to rectify this by becoming third party certified by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) appointed by government to verify integrity, impartiality and competence.
Our announcement of receiving UKAS accredited certification cements our view that this standard must be taken seriously. It underpins confidence that the service we provide meets the expectations of BS 8458 through a process that verifies integrity, impartially and competence. We are also working with the BSI committee to provide additional clarification. Further ensuring that our equipment is of the highest standard, our staff are suitably trained, and our procedures maintain the spirit of the standard.
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