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Meeting transport sector fire regulatory requirements

BRE Global provides a wide range of fire-related services to help businesses meet regulatory and compliance requirements when operating in the rail and marine transport sectors.

Rail transport

We offer consultancy, testing, third-party certification and research and development for:

BS 6853  The code of practice for fire precautions in the design and construction of passenger carrying trains

NF X 70-100  The analysis of gaseous effluents - Part 1: methods for analysing gases stemming from thermal degradation

NF X 70-100  The analysis of gaseous effluents - Part 2: tubular furnace thermal degradation method

CEN/TS 45545  Railway applications - Fire protection of railway vehicles.

Sub-surface rail networks

BRE Global nominates products for the London Underground product approval procedures:

LUL 1-082  Active fire protection systems and portable fire equipment

LUL 1-083  Passive fire protections systems

LUL 1-085  Fire safety performance of materials

SI No. 782  The Fire Precautions (Sub-surface Railway Stations) (England) Regulations 2009.

Marine (civil and military)

We offer a full range of services for compliance testing, research and development and approval for marine fire protection applications.

European Directive for Marine Equipment

The European Directive for Marine Equipment (96/98 EC) was ratified on 30 June 1998 and came into force on 1 January 1999. The current Directive is 2014/90/EU.

The purpose of the MED is to enhance safety at sea and the prevention of marine pollution, through the uniform application of relevant international instruments relating to marine equipment for which EC-type approval certificates are issued. The Directive has also been developed to harmonise standards for the design, construction and acceptance procedure for the items referred to in SOLAS 1 and MARPOL2.

A number of amendments have been issued to the Directive in order to update the list of equipment covered by the Directive and the standards to which they must comply.

A Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) with the United States Coast Guard (USCG) has been published under Directive 2004/425/EC relating to some equipment categories allowing dual certification and marking.

In addition to its internationally recognised mark of approval, BRE Global Ltd. can offer:

  • CE Marking to Construction Products Directive
  • CE Marking to Pressure Equipment Directive
  • Pi Mark to Transportable Pressure Equipment Directive
  • Wheel Mark to Marine Equipment Directive

BRE Global Ltd issues Certificates of Conformity to manufacturers for the purpose of the CE marking of their products. 

BRE Global can provide both MED certification and USCG Approval either together as a package or as individual options. BRE Global is also an approved USCG accepted independent laboratory for some equipment that is not included in the MRA.

The Directive applies to ships registered under the flags of EU member states as well as Norway and Iceland. Equipment approved under the MRA or direct USCG approval applies to ships registered under the flag of USA.

The following marine equipment categories are covered by the Directive:

  • Lifesaving appliances
  • Marine pollution prevention systems
  • Fire protection systems
  • Navigation equipment
  • Radio-communications equipment.

BRE Global is a Notified Body (identification number 0832) for the most product areas in the fire protection equipment categories of the MED, and is also recognised as a Conformity Assessment Body by the USCG.

Those items of equipment in Annex A.1 of the Directive have established harmonised test standards (EN, IEC, ISO or IMO Resolutions), and can be tested and approved by a Notified Body.  Items of equipment in Annex A.2 are subject to approvals in accordance with each of the Member State requirements. It is envisaged that eventually all items of equipment in A.2 will be transferred to A.1 after establishing International harmonised standards.

1 ‘International Agreement on the Safety of Life at Sea' implemented by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).

2  International convention for the prevention of pollution from ships.

Defence Standards, NES (Naval Engineering Standards) and the NATO Naval Ship Code

BRE Global offers a full range of testing for current and future classification of materials and products for use in HM Ships & Submarines and other European navies. Current UK requirements are defined in Def Stan 07-247 (formerly NES 705), which uses a series of Defence Standard, British Standard and ISO test methods.

MOD is also party to a NATO Standardisation Agreement (STANAG) to introduce a common fire performance classification system and harmonise a series of Allied Fire Assessment Publications (AFAPs), which are closely related to IMO FTP Code tests and which will be progressively introduced under the Naval Ship Code (Allied Naval Engineering Publication, ANEP-77).

Note:   Following the harmonisation of NESs with Def Stans, D. Stan. is now the publishing authority for all Naval Defence Standards (NDSs) and they may be obtained in the same manner as Defence Standards. All NESs have now been re-covered and renumbered as Defence Standards.

Relevant standards:

Def Stan 07-247 Part 1 (NES 705) The Selection of Materials on the Basis of their Fire Characteristics

Def Stan 02-711 (NES 711)  Determination of the smoke index of products of combustion from small specimens of material

Def Stan 02-713 (NES 713)  Determination of the toxicity index of products of combustion from small specimens of materials

NES 714 Oxygen Index and NES 715  Temperature Index have been superseded by the equivalent ISO 4589 standards

STANAG 4602  Fire Assessment of Materials

AFAP-1  Policy for the Pre-Selection of Materials for Military Applications.           

AFAPs 2-5  Smoke Generation, Toxicity of Fire Effluents, Surface Spread of Flame, Heat Release.