Certifire

Certifire is a product conformity scheme performed by Warrington Certification Ltd (WCL) to fire protection products that assures performance, quality, reliability and traceability. This third-party certificate is internationally respected and recognised by regulatory bodies worldwide, giving the customer complete confidence in a product’s stated performance.

For a product to be awarded the Certifire certificate, it must undergo annual performance testing that is more stringent than those required for the CE certificate. The production factory must also undergo annual audits that are carried out by the WCL.

CE Marking

The CE mark indicates that a product has been manufactured and performance tested in accordance with EU legislation. For ironmongery, this includes products covered by BS EN standards that have been harmonised under the Construction Products Regulation (CPR).

As of July 2013, a product must be CE marked if is to be fitted to a fire or escape route door and is covered by a harmonised BS EN standard.

These harmonised BS EN standards are:

BS EN 1154 – Controlled Door Closing Devices – More Information
BS EN 1155 – Electrically Powered Hold Open Devices
BS EN 1935 – Single Axis Hinge – More Information
BS EN 1158 – Door Coordinators
BS EN 12209 – Mechanically Operated Locks & Latches – More Information
BS EN 179 – Emergency Exit Devices – More Information
BS EN 1125 – Panic Exit Devices – More Information
BS EN 14846 – Electromechanically Operated Locks & Strike Plates
BS 476-22: 1987 – Fire Tests on Building Materials and Structures – More Information

BS EN 1154 – Controlled Door Closing Devices

The devices covered by this standard include surface mounted, concealed and transom mounted door closers and concealed floor springs. The standard also requires each product is marked with the manufacturer’s name or trademark, product model identification, the BS EN 1154 standard number and the year and week of manufacture (which may be coded). Under this standard, a product that has been successfully tested is given a six-digit code that indicates the level of performance being claimed.

Digit 1 – Category of Use – For use on internal or external doors where there is little incentive for care and potential for misuse by the public. Two possible grades are available:

Grade 3: for closing doors from at least 105° open
Grade 4: for closing doors from 180° open

Digit 2 – Number of Test Cycles – For these door closers, there is only one grade.

Grade 8: 500,000 test cycles

Digit 3 – Test Door Mass/Size – There are seven grades of this standard test the door closer power size. If a door provides a range of power sizes, the code will include both the minimum and maximum grade.

Door Closer Power SizeMax Door Leaf Width (mm)Test Door Mass (Kg)
1<75020
285040
395060
4110080
51250100
61400120
71600140

Digit 4 – Fire Behaviour – There are two grades available for this standard:

Grade 0: Not suitable for use on fire/smoke doors
Grade 1: Suitable for use on fire/smoke doors.

Digit 5 – Safety – Only one grade available.

Grade 1: Meets the essential requirement of safety in use.

Digit 6 – Corrosion Resistance – There are five grades available indicating the level of corrosion resistance.

Grade 0: No corrosion resistance.
Grade 1: Mild corrosion resistance.
Grade 2: Moderate corrosion resistance.
Grade 3: High corrosion resistance.
Grade 4: Very high corrosion resistance.

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BS EN 1935 – Single Axis Hinge

This standard covers the requirements for single-axis hinges for doors and windows that open in one direction and have a rotation axis of no more than 30mm from the face of the door or sash. Also, covered by this standard are fixed-pin and lift-off hinges.

The standard also requires each product is marked with the manufacturer’s name or trademark, the hinge grade and the BS EN 1935 standard number.

Products that meet this standard are given an eight-digit code that indicates the level of performance being claimed.

Digit 1 – Category of Use – There are four grades available:

Grade 1: Light duty.
Grade 2: Medium duty.
Grade 3: Heavy duty.
Grade 4: Severe duty.

Digit 2 – Durability – There are three grades available:

Grade 3: 10,000 test cycles. Light duty hinges. Windows only.
Grade 4: 25,000 test cycles. Light duty hinges. Windows and doors.
Grade 7: 200,000 test cycles. Medium, heavy and severe duty hinges. Doors only.

Digit 3 – Test Door Mass – There are eight grades available.

Grade01234567
Door Mass (Kg)1020406080100120160

Digit 4 – Suitability for Fire/Smoke Door Use – There are two grades available.

Grade 0: Not suitable for use on fire/smoke doors.
Grade 1: Suitable for use on fire/smoke doors.

Digit 5 – Safety – Only one grade available.

Grade 1: Meets the essential requirement of safety in use.

Digit 6 – Corrosion Resistance – There are five grades available indicating the level of corrosion resistance.

Grade 0: No corrosion resistance.
Grade 1: Mild corrosion resistance.
Grade 2: Moderate corrosion resistance.
Grade 3: High corrosion resistance.
Grade 4: Very high corrosion resistance.

Digit 7 – Security – There are two grades available.

Grade 0: Not suitable for use on burglar-resistant doors.
Grade 1: Suitable where there is a degree of security required.
See Annex C of this European standard for further details.

Digit 8 – Hinge Grade – There are 14 grades available.

GradeUsageTest CyclesDoor Mass (Kg)
1Window10,00010
2Window10,00020
3Window/Door25,00020
4Door200,00020
5Window10,00040
6Window/Door25,00040
7Door200,00040
8Window10,00060
9Window/Door25,00060
10Door200,00060
11Door200,00080
12Door200,000100
13Door200,000120
14Door200,000160

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BS EN 12209 – Mechanically Operated Locks & Latches

The devices covered by this standard include all types of mechanical locks and latches that are fitted to pedestrian doors in buildings. They have been tested against normal use and abuse forces, long-term durability, fire and smoke resistance, corrosion and temperature resistance and security.

This standard does not cover electro-mechanically operated locks and striking plates, multi-point locks and their striking plates, locks for windows, padlocks, locks for safes, furniture locks and prison locks.

The standard requires each product is marked with the manufacturer’s name or trademark, product identification and the BS EN 12209 standard number and year. Products that meet this standard are given an 11-digit code that indicates the level of performance being claimed.

Digit 1 – Category of Use – There are three grades available:

Grade 0: Low frequency of use where a high degree of care is taken and a low chance of misuse, e.g. internal residential doors.
Grade 1: Medium frequency of use where some degree of care is taken but with a chance of misuse, e.g. internal office doors.
Grade 2: High frequency of use where there is little care taken and a high chance of misuse, e.g. public doors.

Digit 2 – Durability – There are 12 grades available to identify deadbolt and snib operation and latch bolt operation both with and without side load.


Number of
Operations
Increasing Side Load
Grade CGrade HGrade MGrade SGrade X
Grade BGrade GGrade LGrade RGrade W
Grade AGrade F---

Digit 3 – Door Mass and Closing Force – Nine grades are available that identify the maximum figures closing force at various door masses.

Maximum
Closing Force
Door Mass
Up to 100kgUp to 200kgAbove 200kg
10NGrade 7Grade 8Grade 9
25NGrade 4Grade 5Grade 6
50NGrade 1Grade 2Grade 3

Digit 4 – Fire Resistance – Two grades are available:

Grade 0: Not suitable for use on fire/smoke door assemblies.
Grade 1: Suitable for use on fire/smoke door assemblies tested to
EN 1634-1 – Fire resistance test for door and shutter assemblies.

Digit 5 – Safety – No requirement.

Digit 6 – Corrosion Resistance – Eight grades are available to identify corrosion resistance against a neutral salt-spray (NSS) from EN 1670:1998, with and without temperature resistance.

Corrosion
Resistance (NSS)
Temperature Resistance
No Requirement-20°C to +80°C
240 HoursGrade DGrade G
96 HoursGrade CGrade F
48 HoursGrade BGrade E
24 HoursGrade A-
No RequirementGrade 0-

Digit 7 – Security and Drill Resistance – Seven grades are available to identify the minimum requirements for physical attack, with or without drilling of the lock case.


Increasing
Resistance
to Attack
No Drilling RequirementDrilling Requirement
Grade 6Grade 7
Grade 4Grade 5
Grade 3-
Grade 2-
Grade 1-

Digit 8 – Field Door Application – Fifteen grades are available to identify different applications.

Digit 9 – Type of Key Operation and Locking – Nine grades are available to identify the different types of key operation.

Grade 0: Not applicable.
Grade A: Cylinder lock or latch; manual locking.
Grade B: Cylinder lock or latch; automatic locking.
Grade C: Cylinder lock or latch; manual locking with intermediate locking.
Grade D: Lever lock or latch; manual locking.
Grade E: Lever lock or latch; automatic locking.
Grade F: Lever lock or latch; manual locking with intermediate locking.
Grade G: Lock or latch without key operation; manual locking.
Grade H: Lock without key operation; automatic locking.

Digit 10 – Type of Spindle – Five grades are available.

Grade 0: Lock without follower.
Grade 1: Lock with sprung lever or knob.
Grade 2: Lock with light un-sprung lever.
Grade 3: Lock with heavy un-sprung lever.
Grade 4: Lock with manufacturer’s own specification.

Digit 11 – Key Identification – Nine grades are available to indicate the number of differs and levers (only applies to lever locks).



Number
of
Levers
Number of Differs
--------Grade H
----Grade F--Grade G-
---Grade D--Grade E--
--Grade B--Grade C---
-Grade A-------
Grade 0--------

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BS EN 179 – Emergency Exit Devices

The devices covered under this standard are emergency door lever handles and push pads that are fitted to locked doors on escape routes where a panic situation is not foreseen. Therefore, prior working knowledge of the device to escape is allowed. Products that meet this standard are given a ten-digit code that indicates the level of performance being claimed.

The standard also requires each product to have the following marks visible after fitting: the manufacturer’s name or trademark, the identification number of the certification body and the CE mark. The product must also have the following marks visible prior to fitting: the classification code for the product, the number and year of the European standard and the month and year of assembly.

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BS EN 1125 – Panic Exit Devices

Covered under this standard are panic bolt push bars, panic bolt touch bars, panic latch push bars and panic latch touch bars. These devices must allow for a safe and effective escape without prior working knowledge of the device and are fitted to locked doors on escape routes where a panic situation is foreseeable.

The standard also requires each product to have the following marks visible after fitting: the manufacturer’s name or trademark, the identification number of the certification body and the CE mark. The product must also have the following marks visible prior to fitting: the classification code for the product, the number and year of the European standard and the month and year of assembly.

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BS 476-22: 1987 – Fire tests on building materials and structures

Covered by this standard are products that have been subjected to fire conditions (in accordance with BS EN 1634-1: 2014) while part of a door assembly. They are rated by how many minutes the door assembly remained intact. A product that meets this standard will be 30-minute rated or 30 and 60-minute rated.

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