BAFE FAQs

Why should I use a BAFE Registered Organisation?

10 reasons to choose a BAFE Registered Organisation to help meet your fire safety obligations.
Please Note
It is important your chosen fire safety organisation is third-party certificated and BAFE registered for the specific work you require. In the instance that you require specific work that the BAFE schemes do not cover, it is still strongly advised to check if your chosen organisation is appropriately third-party certificated for these via another body.
1. Independent and unbiased assessment of competency
All BAFE Registered Organisations nationwide have been independently and regularly assessed by a UKAS accredited certification body to ensure they have achieved quality evidence of competency to deliver specific work.
2. Quality professionals providing confidence of service excellence
This independent assessment is completely voluntary, meaning an organisation's own time and money is used to demonstrate their commitment to quality, showing they are skilled professionals to help meet your requirements.
3. What reason do you have for not choosing a third-party certificated provider?
Reduce the risk - There is now such a wide range of third-party certificated organisations that you can refine your choices without loss of competition. There are plenty of organisations available who claim third-party certification is not necessary, but who is assessing their competency?
4. Evidential Competency
As the person responsible for fire safety, you can see certificated evidence of your chosen organisation's competency. Your insurers will be interested in seeing this evidence, especially if you have to make a claim. Don't just specify, verify third-party certification. Request to see and check your chosen organisation's third-party certification/BAFE scheme registration certificate to check these are appropriate for the work required prior to work commencing on-site.
5. Confidence you have acted with due diligence
This certificated evidence demonstrates due diligence in sourcing a competent organisation to help meet your fire safety obligations.
6. Regular assessments to ensure ongoing competency
BAFE registered organisations are assessed annually, meaning ongoing assessment of their competency with up to date relevant standards and best working practice.
7. Best representation of quality and service excellence
BAFE scheme criteria for third-party certification are monitored and reviewed regularly by BAFE scheme Monitoring Groups using industry experts to provide confidence that they are always at the leading edge of the fire safety industry. This means the BAFE schemes remain the most up to date representation of quality and competency for specific fire safety work.
8. Monitored compliance
BAFE monitor registered organisations to ensure they continue to work to the required scheme criteria. If for any reason an organisation's competency falls into disrepute, this will be investigated and if confirmed, their BAFE registration will be suspended until rectified or terminated.
9. Simple to source or verify competent organisations near you or nationwide
The BAFE Fire Safety Register is free to access, meaning no additional cost to public or procurement specialists to find or verify evidentially competent organisations for your fire safety requirements. Don't just specify, verify third-party certification, what is your excuse not to check?
10. Recommended by Government and Fire and Rescue Services across the UK
It is recommended by Government, from both GOV.UK and GOV.SCOT fire safety guidance, to use third-party certificated organisations for fire safety services as "an effective means of providing the fullest possible assurances, offering a level of quality, reliability and safety that non-certificated products [and services] may lack" (GOV.UK Fire Safety Guidance Documents). Multiple Fire and Rescue Services across England and Wales recommend this and is strongly encouraged by Scottish Fire and Rescue Service. Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service also stress that a competent person should be used "to enable them to implement the appropriate fire safety measures".

If you are ever unsure on anything you are looking for, please contact BAFE Head Office. We will be more than happy to assist you in finding quality, third-party certificated, BAFE registered organisations to help meet your fire safety requirements.

In the instance that you require specific services that the BAFE schemes do not cover, it is still strongly advised to check if your chosen organisation is appropriately third-party certificated via another body.