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The modular scheme was written and developed by stakeholders from all quarters of the industry, chaired by an international fire risk professional and was officially launched in July 2002. The scheme is delivered on BAFE's behalf by licensed UKAS accredited Certification Bodies.


Like other BAFE schemes a certificate is the basis upon which confidence is built. At the end of each modular stage of a project a certificate can be issued by the BAFE listed company, so if there are four different companies involved in the complete process on one premises, then the customer would end up with four certificates from each of the respective organisations. If only one company undertakes the work on all four modules the customer would have one full certificate of compliance, which would relate to all of the modules.

In recognition of industry practice and demand, the scheme has been split into four modules. The intention of this is to ensure that a company only gains BAFE registration for the modules in which they are competent to work. The four modules are:


  • System Design

  • Installation

  • Commissioning/Handover

  • Maintenance