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FPA expands collaboration with UL to support fire testing

The Fire Protection Association (FPA) and UL are further developing their relationship, as the FPA seeks to support fire testing in the UK by expanding its capacities at its test laboratory in Blockley, Gloucestershire.

UL is investing in the installation of fire resistance test furnaces at the FPA’s test laboratory. As part of the collaboration, tests for fire resistance, which form the basis of UK Regulations and support third party product certification, will be processed quickly and effectively. Negotiations and construction planning for the new laboratory facility have commenced, with the new lab due to open in early 2022.

FPA Managing Director, Jonathan O’Neill OBE said: “The FPA is delighted to be part of this developing collaboration with UL which will further enhance our capacity and capability at our Blockley site.

“UL certificates are universally recognised as an important demonstration of code compliance for construction projects and products across the globe. As a result of this agreement therefore, manufacturers and system providers will not only have access to the tests and certifications required by UK Regulations and but will also be able to satisfy the requirements of regulators around the world.”

UL Regional Business Manager, Chris Miles said: “This agreement between UL and the FPA is the next step in a continued cooperation and will provide the UK with much needed extra capacity for fire resistance testing. The location in Central England, the excellent fire safety knowledge that the two parties bring and, of course, the synergies that come from cooperating with the FPA will ensure the success of this venture.”

 

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