Third Party Accreditations
Nottinghamshire Fire Safety Ltd is a third-party accredited company with BAFE and a member of the FIA. Nottinghamshire Fire Safety Ltd is accredited by BSi and CHAS and Safe Contractor.
What is BSi?
British Standards Institution (BSi) is the sole national accreditation body recognised by the British government to assess the competence of organisations that provide certification, testing, inspection and calibration services. It evaluates these conformity assessment bodies and then accredits them where they are found to meet the internationally specified standard.
An organisation accredited by BSi can demonstrate competence, impartiality and reliability in its ability to deliver results. Accreditation ensures that everyone from specifiers, purchasers, and suppliers to consumers can have confidence in the quality of goods and in the provision of services throughout the supply chain.
For evidence of our third-party certification see our Accreditation page which displays our logos and certificates .( BAFE scheme logos, BSi certificate, BAFE certificate)
Why is choosing a third-party accredited company vital to your business?
Fire safety is all about protecting life and property. It is a legal requirement for the purchaser of fire safety services to ensure that the person or organisation carrying out the work is ‘competent’.
Third-Party Certification is evidence that a service or product adheres to certain standards. An independent expert, the third party, has assessed the service or product and certified that it complies with those standards.
How does third-party accreditation work?
A third-party certification body assesses the qualities of a supplier organisation by comparing them with the requirements of a particular scheme. If the supplier organisation meets these standards, then it is issued with a certificate detailing the scope of its certification. This process is called an audit and is carried out when the organisation is first certificated and then periodically to maintain the certificate.
The certificated organisation (the supplier) is permitted to claim compliance with the scheme, display copies of their certificate and, in most cases, display the logos of the scheme and the certification body.
Depending on the scheme, the certificated organisation will also issue certificates of conformity for the product/service they provide.
Most schemes have a provision for the supplier to issue a Certificate of Conformity for each new system. It is this certificate that you, as the end customer, should be looking for. The Certificate of Conformity should provide Building Control, your local Fire & Rescue Service and your insurance company with convincing evidence that the system is of good quality and fit for purpose.
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When purchasing fire safety services, you should make sure that you have done your homework so that you are aware of the relevant scheme or schemes. Once you’ve identified this you can visit that scheme owner or certification body website and draw down a list of potential suppliers.
In whichever way you select your supplier, don’t be afraid to ask to see their certificate; if they have one they will be very pleased to show you. When your supplier produces a certificate examine it closely. Look at the ‘scope’. Does it describe the service you are purchasing? If not, reject it. Verify the validity by checking with the certification body - this can often be done online in seconds. It is worth remembering that certificates do have a limited life span and might be forged by a less reputable company. This simple check will give you added peace of mind.
Ensuring you use competent suppliers is both a legal requirement and a practical necessity. With such a range of schemes available, you can make sure your specific needs are met. Getting it wrong can be very costly through fines, legal costs, loss of property and loss of business. By seeking out suppliers with third-party certification, the risk is substantially reduced.