Fire alarm installation Kitemark scheme

Kitemark Scheme for Fire alarm Installations

The Chief Fire Officers Association now strongly recommends third party certification by a UKAS accredited organisation, for companies who design, install, commission and maintain fire detection and alarm systems. This now applies to all fire detection systems, as of 1st September 2008.

Turn this to your advantage by gaining a Kitemark licence for Fire Alarm Systems. This gives you the recommended certification and the competitive advantage the distinguished Kitemark symbol brings.

The SP203 Kitemark Scheme, recognises that many companies specialise in certain aspects of fire alarm services and this is reflected in the scheme. By using a flexible modular structure, SP203 will allow your company to gain Kitemark certification in all the scheme modules listed OR just those modules under which you are competent to work.

The four modules are:

  1. System Design
  2. Installation
  3. Commissioning & handover
  4. Maintenance

Kitemark schemes available for the following standards:

BS 5839-1:2002+A2:2008
Fire detection and fire alarm systems for buildings. Code of practice for system design, installation,commissioning and maintenance
BS 5839-6:2004
Fire detection and fire alarm systems for buildings. Code of practice for the design, installation and
maintenance of fire detection and fire alarm systems in dwellings
BS 5839-8: 2008
Fire detection and fire alarm systems for buildings. Code of practice for the design, installation,commissioning and maintenance of voice alarm systems
BS 6266: 2002
Code of practice for fire protection for electronic equipment installations
BS 7273-1: 2006
Code of practice for the operation of fire protection measures. Electrical actuation of gaseous total flooding extinguishing systems
BS 7273-2: 1999
Code of practice for the operation of fire protection measures. Mechanical actuation of gaseous total flooding and local application extinguishing systems

Stages to achieve Kitemark for Third Party Accreditation to SP203:

1. Application
Once you are fully familiar with the requirements needed to achieve SP203 and the related documents, you must complete a quotation request form (available on SP203 sales pack). Once completed, this can be faxed or posted to BSI.

Download SP203 Kitemark Sales Pack

2. Assessment
Once you have accepted our quotation, review it and send it back to us. The assessor in your area will contact you to arrange suitable dates for any pre-assessment and/or initial assessment to the scheme. They will also be able to answer any questions or technical queries you may have.

  • Pre-Assessment Gap Analysis

If you have any concerns about your readiness for a full initial assessment you can apply to have a pre-assessment first. This will enable you to work with a BSI Inspector to see what you have in place and what you may need to do before your initial assessment. The pre-assessment will mimic the initial assessment, giving you an idea of what to expect. It also gives you the chance to talk through any queries you may have before the initial assessment takes place.

  • Initial Assessment

This involves different things including two site visits to inspect recent installations. Further details of what is involved can be found in the application pack. In the event that any non-compliances  are identified during the assessment you will need to address these by implementing corrective actions. Only major non-compliances will require another visit, or delay the licence issue. Digital photographs, installation certificates and written submissions can all be taken into account when assessing the corrective action plan and clearing minor non-compliances.

3. Issuing of Kitemark Licence
Upon successful completion of the Kitemark Assessment process you will be awarded your Kitemark licence. You will also receive your BAFE Certificate  direct from BAFE. You can then begin to issue certificates via our online members' area. Once your assessment is complete and any non-compliances cleared, the Inspector's report is sent to the Scheme Manager for review and a licence decision is made. Your licence along with its security hologram is then sent to you with your licence pack which contains your licence, a presentation copy of your licence for display purposes and additional information about the scheme. A Kitemark Marketing Tool Kit will also be sent to you to help you make the most of your Kitemark advantage.

  • Issuing Certificates

On completion of a job, a BAFE certificate relevant to the work carried out, along with any other appropriate certification should be presented to the customer. All BAFE Certificates are raised via the member's area of our website and as such a current email account and access to the internet is a pre-requisite of joining the scheme. Producing a certificate will also automatically log details of the work completed. Full details of how to access and print certificates will be contained in the licence pack.

BSI can assess against a wide range of standards of which a full list is given in Appendix 2.2 of SP203.

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