BSI (British Standards Institute), the business improvement company, has announced the launch of the new Entrance Doorset Dual Certification Kitemark in the UK. The product combines PAS 24 with either EN 16034 or BS 476-22 to cover both the fire and enhanced security features of the doorset.
In 2017 Secured by Design, the national police crime prevention initiative and staunch campaigner for improved security in buildings for over 30 years, announced that where there is a requirement for a doorset to be both fire and security rated – for example flat or apartment entrance doorsets, some interconnecting garage doorsets and some doorsets aiding security compartmentation - the manufacturer or fabricator supplying the finished product to site would be required to present independent third party dual certification from a single UKAS accredited certification body for both elements.
Independent certification involves both initial testing of the products and regular re-tests as well as inspections of the manufacturer’s production facility to ensure the correct processes are maintained constantly over time to provide a more secure and reliable product.
The requirement for this independent third party dual certification is in order to minimise the likelihood of a doorset being presented in two differing configurations for separate fire and security tests and then later being misrepresented as one product meeting both requirements. All door styles and components are required to be adequately described within the scope of certification and accompanying Technical Schedule.
BSI are the latest organisation to offer dual certification. For further information on how certification can be achieved with BSI, visit: https://www.bsigroup.com/en-GB/our-services/product-certification/industry-sector-schemes/construction/windows-and-doors/entrance-doorset-dual-certification
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