Who is responsible for making sure the inspections are performed?

It is the responsibility of building owners and property managers to initiate the inspections and produce written records of the inspections for the code official to review.

Who will perform the inspections?

NFPA 80 requires functional testing and inspections to be performed by “individuals with knowledge and understanding of the operating components of the applicable door type”.

Who are Intertek and the Door & Hardware Institute?

The Door & Hardware Institute, an industry association, has created a training program in conjunction with Intertek, a leader in testing and third-party certification.  This is currently a 4-day course including a 4-hour exam, and there are 3 prerequisite courses.  Those who pass the exam are eligible to become certified by Intertek as a Fire Door Assembly Inspector (FDAI).

Is the inspector required to be Intertek certified?

The Intertek certification assists building owners and code officials in identifying qualified inspectors, but NFPA 80 does not require this certification. Some code officials may prefer or require certification as a means of demonstrating knowledge and understanding of the products and applicable requirements.

What are the record-keeping requirements?

NFPA 80 does not detail the requirements for record-keeping except that the documentation must be signed, but code officials may have their own requirements.  There are standardized forms available for Intertek-certified inspectors.

What will be checked during the inspection process?

  • No open holes or breaks in the surface of the door or frame; no missing or broken parts
  • Glazing, vision light frames, and glazing beads intact and securely fastened
  • Door, frame, hinges, hardware, and thresholds secured, aligned, in working order and without damage
  • Proper clearance between door and frame, between meeting stiles of pairs, and at bottom of door
  • Self-closing devices and coordinators (where applicable) operational
  • Latching hardware operates and secures door in closed position
  • Auxiliary items that would interfere with operation are not installed
  • No field modifications have been performed that void the label; labels are present and visible
  • Gasketing and edge seals are present and in good condition

If deficiencies are found, when must they be repaired?

“Repairs shall be made and defects that could interfere with operation shall be corrected, without delay.” (

Is there another option for facilities with numerous fire doors?

The Performance-Based Option described in section 5.2.2 and Annex J is an alternate means of compliance that may be acceptable to the local code official.  This option can extend the inspection cycle to up to 3 years.