New 2010 FTP Code

IMO has just published the International Code for the Application of Fire Test Procedures (FTP Code), 2010 Edition, which replaces the previous edition published in 1998.

What’s it for?

The International Code for the Application of Fire Test Procedures (FTP Code) provides the international requirements for laboratory testing, type approval, and fire test procedures for products referenced under SOLAS chapter II-2 (Construction - Fire Protection, Fire Detection and Fire Extinction). It has been mandatory since the adoption of MSC.57(67) in 1996.

The FTP Code is used by national authorities for installation of products in ships flying their flag. It provides a framework for determining if such products are in compliance with the fire safety requirements of SOLAS.

What has changed?

Since the adoption of the FTP Code in 1996, new materials for use on ships have been developed and marine safety standards have improved. That first edition of the FTP Code (which was called the “1998 Edition”, since that’s when it first took effect) has not been amended until IMO’s recent adoption of MSC.307(88).

The previous 1998 edition is replaced with a comprehensively revised and updated 2010 edition, which will take effect at the start of July 2012.

The 2010 FTP Code includes the following:

  • test for non-combustibility; test for smoke and toxicity; test for “A”, “B” and “F” class divisions
  • test for fire door control systems
  • test for surface flammability (surface materials and primary deck coverings)
  • test for vertically supported textiles and films
  • test for upholstered furniture
  • test for bedding components
  • test for fire-restricting materials for high-speed craft; and
  • test for fire-resisting divisions of high-speed craft

It also includes annexes on Products which may be installed without testing and/or approval and on Fire protection materials and required approval test methods.

When is it available?

The English edition is scheduled for publication in late May 2012. French and Spanish editions will follow.

Update: the English 2010 FTP Code is now available. Spanish and French versions are expected to follow shortly.