How valid third-party certification reduces your risk to close to zero

There’s a whole lot of difference between buying products with valid third-party certification, or not.

Especially life-safety products such as fire curtains.

With or without third-party certification there is always some risk that the product arriving on site is not identical to the tested specimen.

However, by choosing products with valid third-party certification you remove that risk from 100% sitting with you to close to 0% sitting with you.

Valid third-party certification really is the difference between 0 and 100.

In a competitive open market there is pressure…

  • to make a ROI from shareholders and stakeholders,
  • from lenders and banks to repay capital,
  • to service loan interest (rising),
  • from staff, management and seniors to ‘hit the numbers’ to ensure not only job security but also bonuses,
  • from existing contracts to keep on programme or else suffer potentially fatal consequences in the millions,
  • to keep ahead in the market and get your product to market

You will see how the simple yet thorough process of third-party certification that is governed by the likes of UKAS and monitored by Notified Bodies is invaluable to safety – especially for life-safety products such as fire curtains. Life-safety products are, by definition, to make the difference between life and death. Valid third-party certification is invaluable in ensuring the production of these products is reliable and the same as what was tested. In every way.

See how it works in real-life, day-to-day, and see some of the risks that production is susceptible to in a commercial organisation without the accountability that third-party certification provides.

This process ensures you can buy, specify, and approve products from Manufacturer A with confidence that the ‘widgets’ coming out of production have gone through extensive and exhaustive impartial checks and controls to ensure they are the same as the tested specimen.

Typical scenarios that could lead to a deviation from the tested specification, design, and/ or processes:

1 The components that are normally used suddenly become hard to source, with a long lead time and increased costs. Does the manufacturer substitute ‘like-for-like’ components to keep current contracts on programme, or do they wait for the correct components to become available and honourably suffer:

a. delays and damages (can be in the millions per day on some projects)
b. reduced manufacturing profit margin
c. loss of goodwill and reputational damage

2 The design used for the tested specimen is proving difficult to scale up for volume manufacture.
Does the manufacturer:

a. Go back through product design and testing, thus delaying getting the product to market by a year or 2. This not only delays ROI and repayment of loans and interest, but also loses the opportunity of being ahead of the competition meaning they could be 2nd or 3rd or worse to market with the product. They also may not have access to capital to fund the further development and/ or may not be able to service loans without the revenue from the new product?
b. Modify the design with an internally deemed ‘equivalent’ design that can be volume-manufactured with relative ease using existing capabilities?

3. Inflation hits profits and there is a new competitor with a better product. Both threaten the profitability and potentially even the viability of the company.
Does the manufacturer:

a. Hold a team meeting to find ways to make the product at lower cost and more quickly. These changes will save everyone’s bonuses or even the business and are deemed internally to create little-to-no impact on the performance of the product. Is it a solution?

These are just some examples of scenarios that threaten deviations to the tested components or design, or even the processes. Without valid third-party certification you are the only person without a vested interest that is checking. Can you do it thoroughly? The likelihood is that if you buy, specify, or approve products from Manufacturer B or C, you have no guarantee and little-to-no certainty (unless you are a shareholder) that the ‘widgets’ coming out of production are the same as the tested specimen. Uncomfortably, the risk sits with you. You don’t need it.