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About BAFE®

What is BAFE?

BAFE is the independent registration body for third party certified fire protection companies across the UK. A national independent register of quality fire safety service providers.

BAFE develops schemes to support quality standards for fire protection companies to achieve and become third party certified.


This independently acknowledges their competency to provide specific fire protection services.


If you require fire protection services for your premises then you need BAFE to be sure that the companies that provide them meet all the appropriate standards and are independently audited.


BAFE is completely independent and therefore is a totally unbiased party to help competent companies and people in need of fire protection services find each other. There are registered companies across the UK and are both large nationals and smaller regional businesses who have all achieved the same high quality standards.


To search for one of our many registered and highly competent companies click here

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) states:

“We support third party certification schemes as an effective means of assuring the quality, reliability and safety of products and services, and recognise the valuable role BAFE plays in bringing to the marketplace recognised registration schemes for these products and services"

DCLG states in its guidance documents (section 8):

“Third-party certification schemes for fire protection products and related services are an effective means of providing the fullest possible assurances, offering a level of quality, reliability and safety that non-certificated products may lack.”

But what does the term 'Third Party Certification' actually mean for somebody seeking a provider?

In simple terms, first party certification is when a provider tells their potential customer that they are competent and knows what they are doing.


Second party certification involves someone else – for instance another customer or a trade association – who states that they are competent.


Third Party Certification takes this to another level completely, as here an independent certification body (which is accredited by the government body UKAS), sends assessors trained in the specific skills required and working to appropriate standards, to inspect the company usually on an annual basis. They check and verify the required competencies and management systems to ensure that the provider can do what they say.


BAFE develops third party certification schemes with a range of industry stakeholders and works only with UKAS accredited Certification Bodies to thoroughly assess and approve companies to these standards.

Finding a BAFE registered Fire Protection Company

You should use a BAFE registered company to carry out your fire protection needs. Find a BAFE registered company in your area by using our search tool


  • Not all BAFE registered companies are certified to cover all types of fire protection services. Check what schemes they are registered to when searching for a company.
What should I be specifying for my fire protection works?
  • If you require a fire detection and alarm system, search for a company registered to our Fire Detection and Alarm Systems SP203-1 scheme. The SP203 schemes are modular, so ensure they are certified in the area you require. These areas are: system design, installation, commissioning and maintenance.
  • If you require services relating to emergency lighting, search for a company registered to our Emergency Lighting Systems SP203-4 scheme. Again, this scheme is modular, so ensure they are certified in the area you require. These areas are: system design, installation, commissioning and maintenance.


If you would like more information on this or require help on what you should be looking for please contact us


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