Flammability testing is the principle way to determine how easily a material or finished product will ignite or burn when placed or used in close proximity to fire or heat. Flammability testing actually covers a number of different testing protocols and methods intended to measure a material’s specific vulnerability, including its susceptibility to an ignition source, its propensity to combust, and the rate at which it will burn when ignited. These and other characteristics are evaluated to determine whether a specific material or finished product may safely be used as intended without contributing to a risk of fire.
The U.S., the European Union (EU) and other countries have introduced regulations establishing minimum flammability requirements for many types of materials and finished products. Although the specifics of these regulations differ from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, the intent is the same, that is, to reduce unnecessary deaths and injuries associated with fires. Compliance with these requirements is generally demonstrated through reports of flammability testing conducted by independent third-parties. Jurisdictions also usually require specific warning labels regarding a product’s intended use. Failure to comply with these requirements can prevent market access, or lead to enforcement actions by regulatory authorities.
TÜV SÜD’s state-of-the-art, ISO 17025 accredited flammability testing laboratories can evaluate products and materials according U.S. and EU flammability requirements. We are equipped to test a wide range of fabrics and textiles, consumer and industrial garments and other wearing apparel, as well as furniture products, furnishings and toys. Our testing services can help ensure compliance with applicable regulations, avoid unnecessary delays in bringing new products to market, and preclude costly enforcement actions.
TÜV SÜD’s flammability testing services include testing for a number of fire-related properties, including the following:
- Ignition susceptibility
- Burn rate
- Flame spread
- “Flash over” point
TÜV SÜD’s global reach also enables us to support supply chain oversight efforts worldwide, and to help ensure that sourced products and materials meet flammability regulations as well as your other requirements and specifications.
TÜV SÜD is a trusted partner to companies ranging from global manufacturers to regional and local research and development firms. Our team of specialists works with you through the entire product development cycle to add value and help you to deliver safe and reliable products. TÜV SÜD technical professionals are actively involved in international advisory boards and standards development activities, ensuring up-to-date knowledge of current and changing requirements.
Represented in over 800 locations worldwide, TÜV SÜD has an unsurpassed track record of meeting and exceeding the requirements and expectations of our client companies. The TÜV SÜD brand and our distinctive blue octagon mark are instantly recognised around the globe as symbols of quality and safety, and will increase customer confidence in your brand.