1. You can use any product in a smoke exhaust system
Unfortunately, this is not possible. Every mechanical smoke exhaust system must be tested by an accredited laboratory according to DIN ISO 12101-3. The test report produced then serves as the basis for certification by the certifier. Only with this certificate may the system subsequently be operated. In individual cases, this may mean that the laboratory is also the certifier.
2. One may change and adapt a certified smoke exhaust product as desired
No – according to DIN ISO 12101-3, products that have already been certified may not be changed at will. Possible modification procedures for specific changes are defined in the standard.
3. You can extend and equip smoke exhaust ventilation systems with any accessories you like
Not in all cases. All accessories are part of the fire gas test and are also documented in the test report. The certificate contains detailed information about which accessories may be used in your mechanical exhaust system.
4. You will not meet the certifier again after the smoke exhaust test
This is not quite true. The certification according to DIN ISO 12101-3 is a self-contained process. However, an annual production site inspection to maintain the manufacturing quality is part of it. If these inspection measures are no longer carried out, the certifier reserves the right to declare the fire test null and void.
5. You have to have all impeller sizes tested and approved
Not really. Only the highest stressed fan wheels and support sizes need to be tested to cover the entire series.
6. I can sell my US certified smoke and heat exhaust product in the EU without any problems
No. In fact, there are different fire protection requirements depending on the country. In the EU, harmonized standards for fire protection apply (e.g. ISO 12101-3), whereas in the USA, for example, the NFPA defines the requirements and proof of resistance. Therefore, a problem-free use is not possible.
7. I can use any calculation method to determine which impeller is the most highly stressed one
Unfortunately, this is not correct. The calculation method for determining the most heavily loaded impeller is specified in the ISO 12101-3 standard and must be followed.
8. I can perform the fire gas test on my own in my company's fire gas laboratory
Unfortunately, this is not allowed. It is mandatory that the fire gas test is performed by an independent accredited laboratory.
9. You can adapt the production processes as you like
Unfortunately, no. Both geometric and manufacturing changes cannot be made at will. In this case, the modification procedures defined within the Standard must be taken into account.
10. After successful testing, the production of the smoke and heat exhaust fans does not need to be continued
This is not true. All manufacturers of smoke and heat exhaust products are required to to establish in-house production controls to ensure that the fan meets the essential performance characteristics.