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Due to European harmonisation, fire testing and classification of materials used for surfaces of walls and ceilings, as controlled under Building Regulations Part B2, is being completely overhauled. New European fire tests and classifications are being introduced. Under the current Approved Document B (2007), testing to either the old or the new standards is permitted, but in a few years time it is expected that BS 476 will be withdrawn and only the new European tests and classifications will be accepted under Building Regulations.

Shadbolt are undertaking extensive testing to the new European standards. Some of the products from our range of Class 0 and Class 1 wall panels have achieved the corresponding European Class B and Class C under test. They will therefore continue to be suitable for use where currently Class 0 or Class 1 panels are required (see Approved Document B2 Internal fire spread (linings)), and they will continue to be suitable after the changeover to the new system is complete.