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Middle East's first test furnace gets accredited

ENAS backs fire test facility

Dr Rashid Ahmed Bin Fahad presented accreditation to Tom Bell-Wright on Tuesday
Dr Rashid Ahmed Bin Fahad presented accreditation to Tom Bell-Wright on Tuesday

The Middle East’s first furnace for testing and certifying fire rated doors and partitions has received its accreditation from the Emirates National Accreditation Service (ENAS).

The lab, run by Thomas Bell-Wright International Consultants, is now fully operational with accreditation under ISO 17025 from the UK Accreditation Service and now ENAS.

“There have been many major fires over the last few years and hopefully the presence of this testing furnace will now make it easier for builders to comply with the regulations and help make our buildings safer to live and work,” said Thomas Bell-Wright International Consultants CEO and founder Tom Bell-Wright.

Minister of Environment and Water and chairman of the Emirates Standardisation and Metrology Authority (ESMA), Rashid Ahmed Bin Fahad, presented the certificate on Tuesday.

"Accreditation of this laboratory provides confidence in the market and further enhances the infrastructure of quality for assuring safety and conformity of products and services," said Fahad.

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