Ease of ignition – the ease with which a test specimen can be ignited under specified conditions.


Initiation of combustion (sustained flamming). In many fire tests ignition is considered to have occurred, if the sample has shown continuous flaming for a defined interval of time.

IMO - International Maritime Organization

IMO is the United Nations specialized agency with responsibility for the safety and security of shipping and the prevention of marine pollution by ships.

IMO measures cover all aspects of international shipping – including ship design, construction, equipment, manning, operation and disposal – to ensure that this vital sector for economy remains safe, environmentally sound, energy efficient and secure.

ISO - International Organization for Standardization

ISO’s principal activity is to develop technical standards required by the market. Member bodies are standards organizations from 162 countries. Of these, 119 member bodies are entitled to participate and exercise full voting rights within ISO.

The technical work is carried out via technical committees (TCs) and sub-committees (SCs) with working groups (WG) to cover certain areas of work. Experts from the industrial, technical and business sectors, which have asked for the standards and which will put them into use, develop and finalize the technical standards. The most active ISO countries in terms of holding secretariats are DIN Germany (131 secretariats) and ANSI USA (110 secretariats). In 2016, ISO has produced 21478 international standards.

ISO publications encompasses:

  • ISO Standards
  • ISO/TS Technical Specifications
  • ISO/TR Technical Reports
  • ISO/PAS Publicly Available Specifications
  • IWA International Workshop Agreements
  • ISO Guides


A product is considered as non-combustible, if it does not give a relevant contribution to fire, heat release and smoke release when it is exposed to a defined fire load (high temperature or intense radiation).