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In a bid to curb growing incidents of ‘passing off’ FIS has teamed up with Cundall Acoustics to develop an acoustic test certificate verification scheme.  The scheme takes test certificates and runs a series of checks to verify the certificates are genuine.

Vision

A level playing field for the declaration and verification of acoustic performance of products used in the finishes and interiors sector against a commonly agreed third-party standard.

Mission

To introduce standard methodology to support honest and consistent declaration of acoustic performance, encouraging best practice and preventing inaccurate or misleading information from undermining the market and responsible manufacturers.       

Introduction

In response to confusion raised by clients and concerns expressed within the industry related to the comparability of acoustic airborne sound insulation tests, members of the FIS tasked the organisation to develop and promote a framework for third-party verification of airborne sound insulation test results.  The FIS Acoustic Verification Scheme has been created to enable members to verify tests against an agreed criterion and a methodology to present these to market in a consistent and transparent manner.

To deliver, FIS has teamed up with Cundall Acoustics to develop an acoustic test certificate verification scheme.  The scheme takes test certificates and runs a series of checks to verify the certificates are genuine.

If you are a manufacturer and want to find out more about getting your data verified, email info@thefis.org and request a copy of the FIS Acoustic Verification Scheme Manual

The scheme is currently covers Operable Walls and was piloted by the FIS Operable Walls Working Group, whose members have submitted a range of test certificates for verification.  Results can be viewed below.  The scheme is now being expanded to cover Partitions (managed by the members of the FIS Partition Industry Working Group).

‘The use of falsified certificates is not only dishonest but means that client’s end up paying for acoustic performance that is not achieved.  We are keen to curb this practice within our sector, to create not only a level playing field for our members but peace of mind for clients that the product selected has been properly tested.

‘It is envisaged the verification service will grow to encompass other acoustic performance products used in the fit out and finishes sector ie doors, partitioning, raised access flooring and suspended ceilings and will eventually be extended to include verification of other test certificates’.

Iain McIlwee
FIS chief executive

Verification Process

 The process for verification to the FIS Acoustic Verification Scheme Standard is as follows:

  • All data is supplied using an agreed FIS data sheet
  • Test report and certificate and covering information must be supplied in English and be translated by the original test house.
  • Traceable evidence on the independence of the test facility must be supplied
  • Photographs of the test if available must be supplied
  • Drawings of the installation of the test sample must be supplied
  • The independent verification will be carried out by Cundall Johnston and Partners LLP
  • All companies must be full members of the FIS

Full details are available in the FIS Acoustic Verification Scheme Manual, available on request via info@thefis.org

Test certificate verification scheme - operable walls

The product information referenced below has been reviewed by Cundall Johnston and Partners LLP and all products listed in the acoustic test certificate verification chart have test certification that are considered to satisfy the requirements of ISO 140-3: 1995
Click on the manufacturer cell to be directed to the specific product and acoustic data on the relevant manufacturer’s website.

Click here to view the Acoustic Test Certificate Verification Chart (in range order lowest first)