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Guidance for Great Britain

UK Conformity Assessed (UKCA) marking is a certification mark that indicates conformity with the applicable requirements for products sold within the United Kingdom (UK). Following the end of the ‘Brexit Withdrawal Agreement’ transition period on 31st December 2020, manufacturers and distributors selling door hardware products in Great Britain will eventually cease to use the CE mark. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has issued guidance relating to this and to the use of the new UKCA mark:



https://www.gov.uk/guidance/using-the-ukca-mark-from-1-january-2021

Also, there is new guidance specifically relating to the Construction Products Regulation published by the Department for Communities and Local Government:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/construction-products-regulation-from-1-january-2021

The CE mark will cease to be recognized in Great Britain from 1st January 2022. New UKCA marking can be applied from
1st January 2021 therefore the two marks will coexist in Great Britain for 12 months. The UKCA mark will not be recognized outside Great Britain. Goods for sale in the EU will continue to require the CE marking as before. You will still be able to use the CE marking in the UK until 1 January 2022 in most cases. However, in the interim, it will be necessary to apply the new UKCA mark, for products placed on the market in Great Britain post 31 st December 2020, only if all of the following apply:

Your product

• Is for the sale and/or installation in Great Britain
• Requires mandatory third-party conformity assessment
• The conformity assessment has been carried out by a UK conformity assessment body and your files have not been transferred to an EU-recognized notified body before 1 January 2021

Special rules will apply to goods placed on the market in Northern Ireland or sent from Great Britain to Northern Ireland. Information can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/moving-goods-under-the-northern-ireland-protocol

Relcross Door Controls is working closely with its manufacturing partners to ensure all necessary certification and documentation is in place in good time to meet these deadlines.

Fire & Life Safety Doors - Overview

Fire Doors and Escape Doors

Fire compartmentation doors are an essential part of a building’s passive fire protection - resisting the spread of fire and smoke whilst protecting escape routes. Fire doors must close in the event of fire and will be equipped with self-closing devices, usually overhead closers. Where this is not the case, fire doors must be kept locked shut. Appropriate signage will indicate the purpose and required status of this type of door. Doors which are kept locked shut must not be on escape routes and will be invariably doors to cupboards, store rooms or similar.

Escape doors provide safe unhindered egress from buildings in the event of an emergency. Escape doors are not always fire compartmentation doors. Where this is the case they should not be referred to as fire doors but as escape doors or emergency exit doors.  All escape doors, irrespective of their location or desired security levels, must be ‘free from fixings’ – i.e. easily openable by all persons without the use of a key.

Planned maintenance routines are essential to the continued safe performance of both fire compartmentation doors
and escape route doors.

Minimum Requirements for Fire and Smoke Resisting Doors

Evidence of Performance

  • Fire and smoke resisting doors & frames must have evidence to demonstrate they resist the spread of fire and/or smoke according to the following test standards:
  • Fire resistance: - either BS 476-22 or EN 1634-1; the integrity performance is stated as a period of minutes, which must be at least equal to the figure demanded by the relevant regulation (see below).
  • Smoke leakage: - either BS 476-31.1 or EN 1634-3.

Evidence may take the form of:

  • A single test report (in which case the evidence relates only to the configuration actually tested);
  • An assessment by a fire test laboratory, based on a range of test reports;
  • Third party certification, based on product sampling, testing and auditing of the manufacturing process.

The test evidence must be applicable to the door & frame assembly actually installed, as relatively minor differences will affect performance.  Correct installation and proper maintenance are vital to ensure doors & frames perform as required. 

Self-Closing

Fire compartmentation doors are required to be self-closing, unless they are kept locked shut when not in use. Self-closing for a hinged or pivoted door means the door can close into the frame from any angle.

The following joint publication by the DHF and GAI from 2012 is still relevant.

Code of Practice: Hardware for Fire and Escape Doors 

Minimum Requirements for Escape Doors

Doors on escape routes must be free from fixings – usually in the direction of escape.  Escape doors may be fitted with exit devices incorporating latches or bolts. Exit devices must be operable (without the use of a key) usually in the direction of escape and without the necessity for more than one mechanism to be manipulated.  Doors opening against the direction of escape may be permitted where occupancy is low and users are familiar with the hardware providing escape.  Certain alternative door types, such as automated doors, sliding doors and revolving doors will require specific features not covered here.

The following joint publication by the DHF and GAI from 2012 is still relevant.

Code of Practice: Hardware for Fire and Escape Doors 

Accessibility

 

 

 

The concept of universal access is not new but it still provides a challenge for the construction industry. To meet obligations under the Equality Act, Approved Document M of The Building Regulations and BS 8300 continue to be the areas by which conformity is measured. We can offer guidance and product solutions to cover the following areas:

  • Low energy door controls
  • Electromagnetic door controls
  • Mechanical door controls to meet the conflicting requirements of BS 8300 and fire safety requirements of EN1154
  • Colour contrast in ironmongery for visual impairment
  • Comprehensive fittings for washrooms, showers and WCs

 

The Equality Act - disability legislation aimed at providing universal accessibility of buildings requires service providers to make  “reasonable adjustments to the physical features of their premises to overcome barriers to access”. Approved Doc M of the Building Regulations and BS 8300 both provide guidance in establishing recommended maximum opening forces for door controls to assist less able users. High efficiency Briton closers which are capable of meeting the required levels of opening and closing forces are marked with the “Wheelchair Symbol” but accurate installation, hinge friction, door seals and variable air pressure can all have a bearing on the opening resistance of the final door set. For doors which must also meet the stringent closing force requirements of EN 1154 for fire door applications, it may be more appropriate to use electromagnetic hold open or swing free closers or a powered opening solution. These must be CE marked in accordance with the requirements of EN 1155.

All these options are available within the our product portfolio. For additional guidance in the selection process please contact 
Door Hardware Online on 01380 720062

Certifire Approval

 

 

 

Certifire is an independent third party certification scheme that assures performance, quality, reliability and traceability of fire protection products. Recognised by regulatory authorities worldwide, it is an internationally respected mark of fire safety and one of the most authoritative in the industry. Many products have Certifire approval - look for the logo adjacent to the product listing.

Warranties & Guarantees

            

Many Door Hardware Online products have extended guarantee periods of up to 30 years. Please refer to individual product pages for specific information.

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