Informed Choices: an overview of BRE/DIMHN’s testing guidance for products used in mental health.

We will use this session to provide an overview of the new testing guidance, and how architects and clients can use it within their own projects.
BRE and DIMHN have partnered together for the past 5 years to create comprehensive testing guidance for products used in mental health environments, involving over 100 from across the sector to inform what is required. This document, and soon-to-be-launched testing service by BRE, covers the most significant issues that affect product selection: ligature and robustness performance for all products, and some category-specific issues such as anti-barricade for doorsets or cleanability for windows. With independent testing and assured product performance being made available using product certification, the aspirations for this is not just better product selection decisions but also enabling more design time to be spent on the recovery design – ultimately helping more patients recover.

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