Fire ratings for ceramic tiles are required by the Building Code of Australia. The main reason for this is safety. If a building catches on fire, the material that the ceramic tiles are made of should not make the fire spread or intensify to any significant degree.
According to Safe Environments fire ratings for ceramic tiles are usually only required for new building works or for any major refurbishment work. This is now a requirement from the Council.
On many occasions ceramic tile suppliers have been requested to provide fire ratings for their ceramic tiles and other similar products. The NSW amendment to the Building Code of Australia 1.10 states that these requirements are not applicable if the ceramic tiles are considered “deemed to satisfy” under the provision of the Building Code of Australia.
More information on fire ratings for ceramic tiles and other tile tests can be found on the Safe Environments website.