Updated Fire Code 2018 – Notice will be published on SCDF’s website (https://www.scdf.gov.sg/home/fire-safety/downloads/acts-codes-regulations) when adopted.
SCDF regulates fire safety products and materials through its Product Listing Scheme (PLS), which is a third party certification regime. Companies that wish to supply such products in Singapore are required to certify their products by obtaining a Certificate of Conformity (CoC) from Certification Bodies (CBs) that are accredited by the Singapore Accreditation Council (SAC).
SCDF has reviewed the certification regime for composite panels, and will be enhancing the regime, to be assured of their fire safety performance and to ensure the public’s safety. By 15 March 2021, all CoC holders of composite panels used as cladding are required to obtain new CoCs that are certified to PLS Scheme Type 5 instead of Scheme Type 2. This serves to enhance the certification requirements for composite panels to incorporate mandatory annual factory inspections of manufacturing processes, which includes annual quality audits of the CoC holders’ factory management systems. In addition, as part of this enhanced Scheme Type, samples of composite panels to be used as cladding from every new project site are required to be tested.
CoC holders of composite panels used as cladding or roofing are also required to permanently print critical information (i.e. product brand, model number, CoC reference number, fire performance, and date of manufacture) on the panels, in order for these panels to be supplied in Singapore. This serves to allow the suppliers or installers to clearly identify each panel and understand where it should be supplied to or installed.
There will be a transition period of 6 months, from 14 September 2020 to 14 March 2021 for suppliers of composite panels to comply with the new requirements.