The VdS Inspection Services

Europe's largest expert organization for fire protection

VdS Inspection Services, is Europe's leading expert organization for fire protection. Its experts assess more than 21.000 fire protection systems worldwide every year. This number is rising regularly with new systems that are tested at regular intervals after initial testing.

The testing program of the Inspection Services currently covers mainly:

  • Sprinkler systems, water spray systems, fine spray systems, foam-extinguishing systems)
  • Fire hose stations, outdoor hydrants and rising mains
  • Gas-extinguishing systems
  • Special extinguishing systems (e.g. spark-extinguishing systems, extinguishing systems for kitchen/canteen protection)
  • Fire detection and fire alarm systems
  • Smoke exhaust and ventilation systems (und smoke and heat exhaust systems, smoke exhaust systems in staircases, machine smoke extraction systems, smoke control pressure systems)
  • Fire-resisting closures
  • Voice alarm systems
  • Special fire protection systems such as oxygen reduction systems
The testing of fire protection systems on the customers' premises is an important part of the work of the VdS experts

The basis for testing are VdS guidelines, which frequently go beyond the legal regulations and thus offer optimum fire protection. Over and above this, national and international standards are used for testing, for example the US NFPA regulations (National Fire Protection Association) and FM (Factory Mutual). The VdS range of services also covers testing based on insurance requirements and regulations from building authorities as well as testing of fire protection facilities under building legislation.

Unique know-how gives competitive advantages

A clear focus on fire protection in combination with its own laboratories allows VdS to make excellent "full-package" offers that are unique selling points on the competitive market. For example, VdS is currently the only inspection service to be accredited to ISO 17020 by Deutsche Akkreditierungs-GmbH (DAkkS) for stationary fire protection equipment.

Through its work on national and international committees, VdS experts play an important role in shaping the technical regulations on fire protection. Because of their many years of experience in the field and their global networking with other fire protection experts and inspection organizations, VdS experts have detailed knowledge and an overview of future developments.