New central programme for fire door testing

The Government is setting up a formal mechanism for councils and housing associations to test and share information on fire doors, which will improve consistency and avoid duplication across the sector.

11 October 2018

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has completed its testing of glass-reinforced plastic (GRP) composite flat front fire doors. Evidence from this testing phase has shown a systemic issue within the market and, as a result, MHCLG is now moving on to test the wider market, beginning with solid FD30 timber doors.

MHCLG has been considering how it can both share results quickly, and enable councils and housing associations to do the same for testing they are doing, with the aim of:

  • getting a shared understanding of the testing schedule and results across all local authorities, housing associations, and the Government to enable consistency in the approach
  • minimising the impact on public finances by avoiding duplication of tests and making the most effective use of the limited test space.

Therefore, MHCLG wants to set up a formal mechanism for councils and housing associations, and provide a central management programme for testing and sharing information.

We, along with the Local Government Association (LGA), are encouraging our members to take advantage of this offer. 

The Ministry have also offered to include in their upcoming testing schedule any timber fire door manufacturers you currently have in situ.

If you would like to get involved, please get in touch.