Fire Alarms and Detection Systems Scheme

Fire Alarms and Detection Systems Scheme

SSAIB offer certification for this scheme under licence from British Approval for Fire Equipment (BAFE) in accordance with their standard SP 203-1 (Fire Alarms)

BAFE's objective is to bring to the marketplace a single registration scheme for each product or service within the fire protection industry, for which third-party certification has been considered appropriate.

Fire Alarm Systems

SSAIB operates a modular certification scheme for providers of fire alarm and detection systems. The scheme was designed for organisations involved in one or more of the following areas:

  • Design
  • Installation
  • Commissioning and Handover
  • Maintenance

The modular approach allows more than one organisation to be involved in providing the system. It enables a certificate to be issued for the whole system, based on modular certification by providers of each module. This approach was developed to reflect the way in which the fire detection and alarm industry operates.

Scheme Modules

System Design –  the named designer(s) will have clear authority for the project (its compliance with standards, interfaces with other elements of building services, structures and connection to electrical supplies). Comprehensive records must be kept and be available for review. The design input must continue until the project is commissioned and a Certificate of Compliance issued.

Installation – the installer must demonstrate competence and an ability to meet the requirements of relevant standards and codes of practice. In addition, a comprehensive understanding of electrical, mechanical and other safety issues relevant to the installation is required. Full installation records must be kept with clear notification of when the installation is completed and the certificate issued.  Records must be made available to other module suppliers.

Commissioning and handover – those responsible for this phase must demonstrate an in-depth understanding of all aspects of the equipment that is to be tested, commissioned and handed over.  Comprehensive testing, commissioning and configuration records shall be kept and made available to other module suppliers.

Maintenance – a provider should demonstrate its competence to maintain the installed equipment and understand the specified requirements. The provider must have adequate resources to undertake the maintenance work to which it is committed. Comprehensive records of the maintenance and work undertaken must be kept.

Management System

You do not have to have ISO 9001 Management Systems Certification for this scheme. However, your management system must be in accordance with BAFE SP203-1 criteria.

Market Requirements

In accordance with CFOA Policy, all aspects of the fire alarm design, installation and maintenance must take account of the need to prevent unwanted alarms (Calls with a Fire & Rescue Service Response) and to the extent of their contractual duties, maintenance firms are expected to review false/unwanted alarm performance.

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