London Fire Consultants Third Party Accreditation and Certification

Third Party Certification is the best assurance of quality when looking to appoint a Fire Risk Assessor. It offers independent verification and evidence that a company is competent and working to the appropriate standards and best practice for the specific service you require.

Post Grenfell and following the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety by Dame Judith Hackitt DBE FREng, there has been an increased focus on fire safety responsibilities. This emphasises the responsibilities of the person appointed for fire safety within a building* and actions they can take to mitigate fire risk to the best of their ability following national fire safety legislation.

The use of Third Party Certificated providers is strongly recommended by Government in guidance documents:

 “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... Third-party quality assurance can offer comfort both as a means of satisfying you that goods and services you have purchased are fit for purpose, and as a means of demonstrating that you have complied with the law.”

- GOV.UK Fire Safety Guidance Documents (Quality assurance of fire protection equipment and installation)

How is Third Party Certification different to other types of endorsement?

First party referral is simply a self-endorsement. This is when a provider tells you directly that they are good enough to fulfil your requirements with no evidence of their competency.

Second party referral involves someone else, such as another customer, contractor register or trade association (without third party certification criteria for joining) stating that a provider can fulfil their requirements. However, there still may be little or no credible and independent evidence to prove their competency.

UKAS Accredited Third Party Certification takes this to another level completely to ensure provider competence. This is when an independent Certification Body which is accredited by UKAS** (the national accreditation body for the UK appointed by Government) sends trained assessors out to assess the provider. They confirm the provider is working to the latest appropriate standards and best practice for the specific service they deliver. They check and verify these required competencies and management systems to ensure that the provider can do what they say - and are checked annually.

London Fire Consultants holds UKAS BAFE SP205 and we are registered with SSAIB.

All our Fire Risk Assessors are on the Nationally Accredited Fire Risk Assessors Register.