The FM Approvals' specification-testing program utilizes the identical procedures used in the FM Approvals process but involves testing a product for one performance characteristic, such as flammability, to an appropriate Approval Standard or standardized industry test.
Unlike the Approval process, which requires performance measurements of multiple perils, specification testing concentrates on the measurement of only one peril.
All specification-tested products are subjected to examinations and follow-up inspections by FM Approvals. These products are not FM Approved except when they are listed separately for a specific end-use application in the Approval Guide. Periodic audit inspections of the manufacturing facilities and quality-control procedures are performed on all specification-tested products. In addition, the products may be re-examined at a later date to reconfirm the previous test results, and to assess any changes in manufacturing procedures or composition of the product.
The results of specification testing are routinely used by authorities having jurisdiction, such as building code officials, architects or designers, to confirm compliance to a recognized standard.
An example of specification testing can be found in FM Approvals Cleanroom Materials Flammability Test Protocol (Class 4910). Specification-tested products are listed in the Building Materials volume of the Approval Guide.
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