Promoting Quality In Fire Safety
Established in 1984, BAFE is the independent organisation dedicated to improving standards in fire protection. BAFE is the not for profit, registration body for Companies throughout the UK that achieve third party certification for their fire protection services. Organisations that are registered to BAFE schemes demonstrate a commitment to service excellence.
What is BAFE?
BAFE is the independent third party registration body for the fire protection industry. For more than 25 years we have been developing schemes for UKAS accredited certification bodies to assess and approve companies to recognised standards.
SP203-1 is operated by UKAS accredited certification bodies licensed by BAFE and was launched in 2002. It is a modular scheme enabling companies to gain approval for one or all of four modules: system design, installation, commissioning and handover and maintenance. Over three-quarters of SP203-1 companies are registered to all four modules. The BAFE website will show companies in SP203 clearly indicating the modules to which they have been certified. SP 203-1 was put together by an expert group drawn from the industry, certification bodies, fire and rescue services and other stakeholders, to ensure that it is independent and robust. The scheme document is regularly monitored and updated to ensure it meets the latest Industry standards. It is currently delivered by five UKAS accredited 3rd Party Certification Bodies who audit companies annually; including random sampling of installed systems to ensure end users receive quality and compliant fire alarm systems. Although the scheme does not specify ISO 9001, it does demand an effective quality management system and many of the registered companies do have ISO9001and registered companies will issue Certificates of Conformity where they have carried out all the work on a system. It is also a requirement of the scheme that components used are third party certificated. Prices for certification are determined by each individual certification body, who can also contribute to the monitoring and updating of the scheme to reflect developments in standards and technology.