Conformance Testing and Fitness for Purpose

It’s simply not good enough to settle for an overall assessment of a product’s basic capabilities. That’s why the BBA uses Type Testing to determine whether a discrete component, a system or even a process complies with the requirements of technical standards, design or product specifications, contracts or regulations. This may include other requirements for efficiency, interoperability or compliance beyond simple conformance.

Mechanical, weathering and fatigue or security tests (among others) are performed on a variety of different specimens and materials to determine if the product is appropriate and of a necessary standard for its intended use. We can also perform comparative testing to determine the suitability of raw materials, assembly, installation or any other processes that might impact on the product or system operating under normal conditions.

Tests we do to support Conformance Testing and Fitness for Purpose:

  • The determination of product-type on the basis of type testing is undertaken by the BBA (Notified Body No 0836) and designated test laboratory for EN 13163: 2012 +A1: 2015 Thermal insulation products for buildings.

Test methods examples:

  • Bending strength EN 12089
  • Shear behaviour EN 12090
  • Compressive stress at 2% deformation EN 826
  • Long term water absorption by diffusion EN 12088
  • Freeze thaw resistance EN 12091
  • Apparent density EN 1602