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Few other industries accept such insufficient and incorrect documentation as the fire protection industry. This affects downstream users who indirectly violate the law and where you as residents are deliberately exposed to false security because the developer/contractor used wood products without first ensuring fire-resistant properties. It is your duty, as an architect and consultant, to have sufficient knowledge to be able to provide fireproof wood, and it is your absolute duty as an entrepreneur and builder to ensure the technical properties have been properly documented. Solid wood and wood-based boards, such as plywood, have strict guidelines in harmonised product standards, with rigorous instructions and requirements for initial typing, classification, certification and ongoing monitoring.

In spite of this fact, wood products are traded in various ways where both improper performance, lack of documentation and misleading documentation are steadily increasing. The fact is that since some of the industry's operators disregard the requirements, the industry is hardly improving. Fire protection of wood is about safety, and products placed on the market must be documented by independent third parties. It is allowed for the manufacturer to design what kind of documentation they themselves wish to promote their products and services. But the documentation you as an expert in the regulatory section, such as an architect, expert fire engineer and downstream users e.g. timber trade and contractor must follow are always the guidelines listed in, inter alia, Annex ZA Annexes and where the documentation must be properly certified documents against harmonised product standard. Unfortunately, the word "Certificate" is used too often in the context of indicating approved documents.

There are examples where accredited institutes commissioned by a producer create a "Certificate" which basically only compile facts from fire tests and rating reports, but "Certificate" is by no means a certification document when it is not directed at harmonised product standards. Thus, it is a direct misleading document that downstream users are in need of approved CPR documents, not a "statement" entitled "Certificate". The documentation you are requesting is third party documentation that is certifying documentation, for example CE certification that specifies wood, performance and refers to specific harmonised product standards e.g. EN14915: 2013 (solid wood) or EN13986:2004+A1:2015 (wood-based disc e.g. plywood).

Woodsafe understands the difficulty in finding out which documentation is the compulsary requirement in view of the wide range of incorrect documentation and praise for product performance. Woodsafe recommends using Annex E and Annex C for documentation checks of product characteristics, manufacturer's certification, and manufacturer's overall quality manual.