The European Commission announced in September (see pinfa Newsletter-84), in a European Parliament debate following the Grenfell Tower fire, the launch of a Fire Information Exchange Platform, to bring together national authorities and stakeholders to discuss fire safety practices, new products and technologies and fire engineering principles.
The first meeting took place in Brussels on 16th October The first meeting took place in Brussels on 16th October. 25 Member States and nearly 30 other organisations were present, including our sector group manager Philippe Salemis for pinfa. The European Commission presented the study which it has commissioned from BRE into possible regulation of smoke emissions from construction products (study underway, report expected soon). The meeting identified five main work objectives for the new FIEP platform: data collection and analysis, fire prevention, lessons learned from fires, new fire safety products and fire safety engineering, looking both at larger buildings and domestic fires.
First meeting of European Commission-led Fire Information Exchange Platform (FIEP) lays out ambitious EU work plan for fire safety in buildings, Fire Safe Europe Press Statement, 18th October 2017 http://mailchi.mp/firesafeeurope/fseu-news-update-fiep-meeting?e=dda78837c8 Meeting agenda etc. https://www.construction-products.eu/news-events/events/events/1st-meeting-of-the-fire-information-exchange-platform-fiep.aspx