Fire door safety update

After carrying out tests, the Government has removed Glass Reinforced Plastic (GRP) composite fire doors from the market and issued advice to landlords.

12 September 2018

Following the discovery of the failed fire door at Grenfell Tower, the Government commissioned tests on a range of FD30 GRP composite doors. We now know from officials that this process has shown that any door of this type without a certificate showing it passed a furnace test on both sides cannot be relied upon.

In response to these findings, all GRP composite fire doors have been removed from the market. The fire door industry’s priority is to get a door back to market, so they are now working to furnace test different solutions. The process will begin with testing timber composite doors then move to solid timber.

The Ministry of Housing, Communites and Local Government (MHCLG) has issued advice to landlords on checking doors, the assurance you need to be seeking on the performance standards of a door, making an assessment of whether doors need to be replaced, and managing any risks through fire risk assessments.

It is important to note that the Independent Expert Panel and the National Fire Chiefs Council have advised that the additional risk to public safety from this issue is low.

If you are affected by this issue or if you have any questions, please get in touch.