Architectural and Specialist Door Manufacturers’ Association (ASDMA)

Third Party Certification

Fire Doors and Third Party Certification

Third party product certification provides an additional level of assurance of both the level and consistency of performance relevant to the intended application.
It provides an independent, technical process for evaluating and approving systems, activities or products (and in some cases, individuals) against a set of defined criteria in standards and procedures.

Focus is on fitness for purpose. The certificate demonstrates that the relevant requirements set out in the criteria are met – not just once, but consistently.

Although third party certification is voluntary, it is often a requirement of the industry and is strongly endorsed by ASDMA, with a long record of use.

Fire doors are a life safety product intended to protect escape routes by preventing the spread of fire and smoke, designed to mitigate risks and limit harm and damage from fire.

It is a legal requirement for fire door manufacturers to provide test evidence to show their product’s ability to resist fire. Once tested, the fire door must be manufactured to the same configuration, and in line with the approved scope.

Third party certification provides reassurance that the product is produced to the same specification and quality as that originally tested, and that the original test behaviour is reliably maintained.

  • Scrutiny of the validity of the full range of available test evidence.
  • Approval of the scope of application for the product, and allowable variations.
  • Determination of the components able to be used in approved door assembly systems.
  • Confirmation of the application of appropriate quality and production control systems.
  • Ability to carry out investigations of factors that influence fire performance, where there is cause to do so.
  • Independent product auditing and repeat testing as a routine of certification.


An additional route for raising questions – through the independent certification body, as well as the manufacturer and installer.
Processes are also subject to peer review by the industry, where the relevant expertise and knowledge resides.

Testing/Certification Bodies

Bluesky Certification

Bluesky Certification are a UKAS accredited third-party certification body offering credible, independent third-party certification for the manufacture, installation and maintenance of doors, windows and fire resistant products. Their schemes set out the requirements that you must meet, without specifying how they must be met, allowing our customers flexibility and innovation in the way they operate their businesses.


Bluesky Certification
20-22 Wenlock Road
N1 7GU
01753 303 828

International Fire Consultants Group, delivering ‘Confidence in Fire Safety’.

Established for over 30 years IFC Group, are one of the largest independent specialist fire and life safety engineering, design and certification practices in the World.

IFC Certification Ltd are a UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) accredited certification and inspection body, and members of the key industry fire safety bodies, providing independent 3rd party assurance and certification services for fire safety products and services. Offering global knowledge with experience in many jurisdictions to British, European and American standards.

Certification schemes are available for product manufacturers, installers and fire risk assessors. IFCC also certify quality management systems (ISO 9001), enhanced security products and as an inspection body IFCC provide independent inspection services. As a notified body IFCC undertake AVCP work to enable clients to CE Mark products.

International Fire Consultants Ltd are an award winning practice of Chartered Fire Safety professionals and engineers with a wide range of skills and expertise.

Services include fire safety strategies, detailed design and assurance, peer review, Expert Witness and Training.

As well as providing the fire safety engineering design of complex buildings, IFC are unique, as a non-laboratory based specialist engineering practice, in undertaking the evaluation of construction products for their ability to meet legislative requirements and/or the performance criteria of fire tests. We do not operate our own furnaces, primarily because it would dilute the focus away from our independence and specialist engineering knowledge. We arrange, manage and observe clients’ testing programmes in 3rd party laboratories.


International Fire Consultants Group
Park Street Business Centre
20 Park Street
Princes Risborough
HP27 9AH
United Kingdom
+44(0)1844 275500
+44(0)1844 274002

Warringtonfire Testing & Certification Limited

Warringtonfire, part of the Element Group, specialises in providing a comprehensive range of independent fire testing, assessment, engineering and certification services to international markets from a network of accredited sites across the globe including Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia.

We exist to help our customers to make certain that the materials, products and systems that they make are safe, quality, compliant and ultimately fit for purpose, leveraging our 40 years of testing experience and our global testing capabilities.

Warringtonfire and BM TRADA operate the Certifire and Q-Mark third party certification schemes for fire door manufacturers.


Warringtonfire Testing & Certification Limited
Chiltern House
Stocking Lane
Hughenden Valley
High Wycombe
HP14 4ND
01925 655116