UL and FPA to develop new laboratory
UL has entered into an agreement with the UK’s Fire Protection Association (FPA) to expand testing and laboratory capacities in Blockley, Gloucestershire in order to enhance UL services in the UK.
“This agreement between UL and 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 FPA will help ensure a reduction in fire safety risks,” said Chris Miles, regional business director for UL’s Built Environment division in Europe.
UL has invested in fire resistance test furnaces to be installed within the FPA’s Blockley test laboratory, with the new facility scheduled to open in early 2022. As part of the collaboration, tests for fire resistance, which form the basis of UK regulations and support third party product certification, will be shortened and processed quickly and effectively.
“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, manufacturers and system providers will not only have access to the tests and certifications required by UK regulations, but will also be able to satisfy the requirements of regulators around the world,” said Jonathan O’Neill OBE, FPA’s managing director.