Fire Testing

Standards Testing

BS 8414 Cladding Testing

We are accredited by UKAS to carry out BS 8414 testing which tests the fire performance of external cladding on buildings. We are one of only four organisations in the UK and Northern Ireland currently able to offer this service.

In response to the Dame Judith Hackitt’s Independent Review of fire safety building regulations, cladding testing has now become of paramount importance. The UK has very few facilities where UKAS accredited cladding testing can be conducted and even when a slot is available, it can take months to receive results - the vital evidence needed to satisfy Building Control.

Our laboratory in Gloucestershire has two full-height test rigs for conducting UKAS accredited BS 8414 tests. We also have a half-sized test rig that can be used for small scale bespoke fire testing and research. The half-sized rig gives clients the opportunity to assess the fire performance of design details without going to the expense of carrying out a full-scale BS 8414 test.

Delivered by experienced technicians, the FPA offers independent and impartial results and works on a fast turnaround, aiming to provide the test and classification reports within three weeks of the completion of the testing process.


Why use the FPA for testing?

  • Full UKAS accreditation for delivery of BS 8414 tests
  • We are currently one of only four companies offering this service in the UK and Northern Ireland (two of which are based in Northern Ireland.)
  • Very competitive prices, from a not-for-profit organisation
  • Testing is completed at the UK FPA laboratory
  • Two full-size and one half-size rig
  • Experienced laboratory staff
  • Independent and impartial results
  • Excellent reporting turnaround times
  • Conforms with new legislation

Current Guidance


The 2019 Technical Handbooks, that came into effect in October 2019, introduced more stringent requirements for wall cladding systems as follows:

  • Technical Handbook – Domestic, Section 2.7 Spread on external walls, requires external wall cladding to be European Classification A1 or A2 where the storey height is more than 11m or if the building is sited less than 1m from a boundary.
  • Technical Handbook – Non-Domestic, Section 2.7 Spread on external walls, requires A1 and A2 for certain entertainment/assembly buildings, hospitals, residential care buildings and all other non-domestic buildings with a storey height above 11m or if the building is sited less than 1m from a boundary.

Both Technical Handbooks acknowledge the testing of external cladding in accordance with BS 8414 and classification in terms of BR 135 (including the application of test results in terms of BS 9414) as recognised alternatives to the European Classifications.

Our UKAS accreditation is limited to the BS 8414 Cladding Testing. Our laboratory number is 10536.

UKAS Accredited BS 8414 Cladding Testing


"From the very start the FPA has been exceptionally easy to work with and consider every detail to ensure our needs are met. We are kept fully informed at every stage and receive a comprehensive review of test results. Conducting the tests in the UK makes the process much more cost and time effective"

Oliver Burrows

Supply Chain Manager, Higgins

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