Role of the Fire Testing Centre
Under the terms of the French amended ordinance of February 5, 1959 the fire testing laboratory is one of three French laboratories approved by the French Ministry of the Interior for fire-resistance testing (the others being the CSTB [Centre Scientifique et Technique du Bâtiment] building research establishement, and Efectis, a spin-off from the testing activities of the CTICM [Centre Technique Industriel de la Construction Métallique] structural steelwork technical centre).
The Fire Testing Centre comprehensively fulfils its role as an evaluator of construction elements and assemblies whose fire resistance has to be verified.
In accordance with the French fire-resistance ordinance (article 18), this verification consists of:
- a current classification report (or document accompanying CE marking);
- design calculations compliant with the Eurocodes and national annexes;
- a project appraisal (specific to a given project);
- a design assessment (fire safety engineering);
- an appraisal by an approved laboratory (for the purposes of a technical fitness for purpose declarations, e.g. agrement certificate (Avis Technique or Document Technique d’Application).