CMS issues memo on fire and smoke door testing requirements


Subject Matter: Article | Topics: Codes and standards

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a new memo related to fire and smoke door annual testing requirements. CMS stated in a Survey & Certification memo last week that health care occupancies must inspect and test fire door assemblies annually in accordance with NFPA 80. Non-rated doors and assemblies are not subject to these requirements, but CMS said they should be routinely inspected as part of the facility maintenance program.

The requirements stem from CMS’s adoption of the 2012 edition of NFPA 101: Life Safety Code® last year. CMS said required annual door inspections and testing was expected to begin July 6, 2017, but noted that many reported confusion around the requirement. As a result, CMS has extended the compliance date by six months. Full compliance with the testing and inspection regulations will now be required by January 1, 2018.

The full CMS memo is available online.

Read the CMS Memo

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