This section is designed to provide a repository for the wealth of information pertaining to standards, accreditation, legislation, insurance requirements, etc. and the organisations that are responsible for them.
Under current fire-safety legislation,
Enforcing Authorities have a statutory duty1
to have regard for duly approved
In turn, this
guidance refers to British Standards thus having the effect of
giving significant statutory significance to British Standards.
For example, the
CLG Guidance for Offices and Shops says at Section 8, a section
wholly devoted to quality assurance, that “Fire protection products and
related services should be...properly installed and maintained in
accordance with...the relevant British Standard”. Specific references to the various British Standards (e.g.
BS 5306, BS 5839,
BS 5266) are also made elsewhere in the guide.
Other governmental guides have similar text.
These pages relate to information on the British Standards published by
BSI, the Royal Charter granted body recognised by the UK Government as the UK’s sole National Standards Body.
Information on the main standards may be found by clicking the links on the right.
Alternatively, lists of BSI’s current standards and publications that relate to
the areas below may be found on their website by clicking the links
Their general page for standards and publications that relate to fire
may be found
These pages provide details of the key schemes produced by
The British Standards are covered by copyright and are not available freely. However, these can be purchased at British Standard Online or alternatively, some libraries may carry copies of the more common standards.
Article 26 of Part 3, paragraph (2) of the
Fire Safety Order and
61, paragraph (2) of the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005.