Fire Risk Assessment

This National Listing is a compilation of details from a number of other industry recognised registers maintained by a number of industry bodies. It provides ease of access to anyone who wants to identify an individual or company that can provide fire risk assessment services to a recognised industry standard. By using the list users can be assured that the companies and individuals on it have been assessed by their registration body to meet the conditions of competency outlined in the ‘Approved Code of Practice – A National Framework for Risk Assessor Competency’.

Those seeking to use fire risk assessor services should always apply diligence when choosing a fire risk assessor to ensure that the assessor they select is competent for the task in hand; this applies whether or not the assessor is listed or not. A competent fire risk assessor will always confirm whether or not they are competent and capable to work on the task they are being asked to undertake. Helpful guidance may be found in the publication ‘Choosing a Fire Risk Assessor’.

The Approved Code of Practice recommends that for the highest fire risks, such as high-risk residential buildings, the appointed assessors should have Third Party Accreditation (TPA). In the UK the two widely recognised TPA organisations are: the Engineering Council (EngC) and the UK Accreditation Service (UKAS) and these acronyms are shown on the register. Competent fire risk assessors may not have TPA because they are developing professionally or limit their services to lower fire risk buildings or premises.

The details of the registering body are also shown by an acronym. These bodies, acting as a second assurance party, implement and maintain professional standards and so ensure those on their registers behave professionally and remain competent. Direct contact to the registered fire risk assessor is through this responsible body. Finally a scheme may be shown alongside the fire risk assessor. This scheme refers to the route used to gain access to the responsible body’s register and again the details of the scheme may be found by following the links provided.

Registration Body
IFCC IFC Certification Limited
IFE Institution of Fire Engineers
IFPO Institute of Fire Prevention Officers
IFSM Institute of Fire Safety Managers
NSI National Security Inspectorate
Third Party Assurance
UKAS United Kingdom Accreditation Service
ENGC Engineering Council United Kingdom
Schemes
BAFE BAFE Fire Safety Register
FRAR The Institute of Fire Prevention Officers
FRACS Fire Risk Assessors Certification Scheme
FRRA Fire Risk Register of Assessors
TFRAR Tiered Fire Risk Assessors Register
WTCL Warringtonfire Testing and Certification Limited
SSAIB Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board

A National Framework for Fire Risk Assessor Competency

This Approved Code of Practice has been prepared by a working group of fire risk assessors who assembled at the invitation of the Fire Sector Federation to consider the implications of competency raised by the Building a Safer Future Report

The Code seeks consolidate the fire industry recommendations of best practice on how to assess the competency of individuals who conduct fire risk assessments. The Code’s foundation remains the guidance criteria originally undertaken to introduce The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

The updated guidance now includes matters of behaviour and details of the knowledge skills and experience expected for a competent fire risk assessor.

Choosing a Fire Risk Assessor

This guide is provided to help those with this responsibility (referred to as ‘duty holders’ in this document) decide
who should carry out a fire risk assessment so that the premises comply with the applicable fire safety legislation.

National Fire Risk Assessor Register

To access our National Register of Fire Risk Assessors please click the link below: