BAFE is the independent register for third party certified fire protection companies.
BAFE schemes are developed to support quality standards set to improve the overall levels of practice in fire protection.
This quality level of competency will assist specifiers/procurement officers to meet obligations under the applicable fire safety legislation and should be used as a clear statement of requirements in tenders and specifications.
When creating a Tender Contract, specifiers want to ensure the highest performance quality for their premises and that third party certified companies give them the means to demonstrate this.
Please use the following copy in your tender contract requirements to ensure you are specifying competent providers. (Please delete other services not required accordingly):
Contractors providing services for [the maintenance of portable fire extinguishers]/[design, installation, commissioning, maintenance of fire alarms]/[design, installation, commissioning, maintenance of emergency lighting]/[life safety fire risk assessments] shall provide documented evidence that they comply with relevant British and European standards as detailed in the specification and that they are third party certificated to the appropriate BAFE scheme or equivalent UKAS accredited certification scheme for the scope of work.
All BAFE registered companies are third party certified by UKAS accredited Certification Bodies licensed to operate the BAFE schemes. This ensures that they have been assessed and awarded certification in their specific areas of fire protection offered as competent.
As all the BAFE schemes are delivered by a range of UKAS accredited Certification Bodies working to the same standards, there is no requirement to specify individual Certification Bodies (unless desired for additional reasons). Third party certification to one or more of the BAFE schemes is the pre-requisite to becoming BAFE registered.
All BAFE registered companies earn their registration, they do not simply buy it.
Upon considering the award of a contract, you can verify a company’s BAFE registration(s) via the BAFE website search tool or by contacting the BAFE office who will be happy to assist you.
For any further information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org / call 0844 335 0897
Please see below links for information on which Certification Bodies cover specific BAFE schemes.
It is important to specify the BAFE scheme(s) for fire protection services you require to ensure you are using competent providers for these responsibilities: