Codes and Standards
Codes Organizations and Testing Laboratories
The following are various codes organizations and testing laboratories where you can go to learn more about code development and testing certifications.
HMA was founded in 1925 as the Hardware Manufacturers’ Statistical Association. Today BHMA is nationally recognized for its leadership role in ensuring the quality and performance of builders hardware.
Established in 1956, FIRE
CHIEF is the magazine for "Every Department,
Every Leader." The monthly "News & Trends" and our
quarterly "Technology Update" aim to keep chiefs abreast
of the developments that affect them and their communities at the local,
state and federal levels.
Member organizations to be recognized throughout the construction industry
as preferred quality contractors of life safety firestop systems. FCIA
Member Contractors are committed to providing consistent, high quality
firestop systems as a critical part of Effective Compartmentation.
Providing the highest
quality codes, standards, products, and services for all concerned
with the safety and performance of the built environment.
For more than 130 years, companies around the world have depended on Intertek to ensure the quality and safety of their products, processes and systems.
To protect human life, property
and the environment from fire.
To improve the efficiency and effectiveness of State Fire Marshals' operations.
The mission of the international
nonprofit NFPA is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other
hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating scientifically-based
consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education. NFPA
membership totals more than 75,000 individuals from around the world
and more than 80 national trade and professional organizations.
To create a market for the widespread acceptance of competently installed automatic
fire sprinkler systems in both new and existing construction, from homes
In response to the WTC tragedy, the National Institute of Standards
and Technology conducted a 3-year building and fire safety investigation
to study the factors contributing to the probable cause (or causes)
of post-impact collapse of the WTC Towers (WTC 1 and 2) and WTC 7;
expanded its research in areas of high-priority need such as prevention
of progressive collapse, fire resistance design and retrofit of structures,
and fire resistive coatings for structural steel; and is reaching out
to the building and fire safety communities to pave the way for timely,
expedited considerations of recommendations stemming from the investigation.
UL is the trusted source across the globe for product compliance. Benefiting
a range of customers - from manufacturers and retailers to consumers
and regulating bodies - we’ve tested products for public safety
for more than a century.