The Kitemark™ Scheme for Fire Alarm Installations

The Kitemark™ Scheme for Fire Alarm and/or Gaseous Suppression Installations provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate your commitment in getting fire alarm installation and maintenance processes right. The Kitemark Scheme covers the design, installation, commissioning and ongoing maintenance of fire detection and alarm systems in a ‘modular’ format.

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

Scheme Guidance

This scheme has been operating successfully in the UK for 8 years and has now been adapted for the ME region. It has been based on the applicable product standards and incorporates the UAE life safety code. The scheme is divided into four modules:

  • Design
  • Installation
  • Commissioning/Initial verification
  • Maintenance

Companies can select all modules, or only the modules covered in their scope of work. Additional modules can be applied for at a later date.

Standards covered by the scheme

  • NFPA 72 – National Fire Alarm and Signalling Code
  • NFPA 2001 – Standard on Clean Agent Fire Extinguishing Systems
  • NFPA 12 – Standard on Carbon Dioxide Extinguishing Systems
  • BS 5389-1 – Fire detection and Fire Alarm Systems for Buildings (non domestic)
  • BS EN 15004-1 - Fixed Fire Fighting Systems & Gas Extinguishing Systems, Design, Installation and Maintenance 

Scheme Requirements

It is not a requirement of this Kitemark™ Scheme for the company to be ISO 9001 certified, but it may help. However the company will be required to have the following management processes in place:

  • Calibration records for all test equipment used
  • Eengineer's training/competency records
  • Engineers’ internal audits
  • Use/Approval of sub-contractors
  • Customer complaints process/procedure

What is Third Party Certification?

An audit is performed by an external (third party) certification body to independently verify conformity to  the applicable standards. The Certification body visits the company, the company’s client sites and will audit the actual work carried out. BSI will verify that the standard of workmanship meets the industry standard and once certified, the company will be continually monitored to ensure they continue to maintain the same standards.