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Southwest Research Institute's Fire Technology Department earns ISO/IEC 17020, 17025 accreditation

San Antonio -- April 22, 2004 -- The Southwest Research Institute® (SwRI®) Fire Technology Department has achieved ISO/IEC Standard 17020 and 17025 accreditation. The International Accreditation Service Inc., a subsidiary corporation of the International Code Council, certified the department as a testing laboratory and inspection agency.

ISO/IEC Standard 17020 certifies that the department has met "general criteria for the operation of various types of bodies performing inspections," including requirements from the ISO 9000 series. As a third-party inspection agency, the department can inspect door assemblies, windows, and door frames; foam plastic insulation products; prefabricated structural and non-structural panels; roof coverings and assemblies; interior finish materials; above-ground fuel storage tanks; and fire-resistive-rated walls, floors, and floor-to-ceiling and roof assemblies.

IAS certified that the Fire Technology Department met the criteria for ISO/IEC Standard 17025 testing and calibration laboratories for fire, physical and thermal transmission.

"These ISO certifications reassure our clients that we are offering an internationally recognized, top-quality program," said Dr. Marc Janssens, director of the Fire Technology Department.

The department was recommended for certification in late 2003. The Fire Technology Department also has achieved ISO 9001:2000 certification under the Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Division at Southwest Research Institute. The entire division is ISO 9001:2000 certified.

In fire testing, the Institute is certified to ASTM Standards C 1166, D 568, D 635, D 1929, D 2859, D 3675, D 5865, E 84, E 108, E 119, E 136, E 162, E 648, E 662, E 814, E 970, E 1317, E 1354, E 1474, E 1537, E 1590 and E 1740; British Standard BS 476, Parts 20 to 24; NFPA Standards 80, 252, 253, 255, 259, 265, 268 and 701; UBC Standards 7-1, 7-2, 7-3, 7-4, 7-5, 8-1, 8-2, 15-2, 26-1, 26-2, 26-3, 26-4, 26-6, 26-7, 26-8, 26-9, 31-1; and UL Standards 9, 10B, 10C, 94, 723, 790, 910, 1040, 1715, 1887 and 1975.

In physical testing, SwRI is certified to ASTM Standards B 117, D 2247, D 2898, E 72, E 330, E 331 and G 23; UBC Standard 7-6; and UL Standards 555, 555C and 2085. For thermal transmission testing the Institute is certified to perform ASTM Standards C 518 and C 578.

For more information, contact Tracey M.S. Whelan, Communications Department, (210) 522-2256, Southwest Research Institute, PO Drawer 28510, San Antonio, TX 78228-0510.

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