The ASFP News page keeps you up to date with our latest news, events and work programmes, but also with developments and policy publications from relevant industries and organisations and the wider world passive fire protection.

ASFP responds to Building Safety Bill consultation

The Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) has submitted evidence to the pre-legislative consultation on the Building Safety Bill. While broadly welcoming the Bill as an important step in the implementation of Dame Judith Hackitt’s report “Building a safer future”, the Association outlines a number of concerns relating to how it will ensure appropriate testing, […]

ASFP publishes independent guidance on active fire curtains

The Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) has published its new Black Book: Active Fire Curtains: Compartmentation and Protected Routes, 1st Edition: Guidance on specification, use and application of product. This is the most up-to-date independent guide to the provision of proprietary active fire curtains. The new Black Book outlines how to select a suitable fire curtain, […]

ASFP Awards 2020 Nominations Open

Nominations for the Passive Fire Protection Industry Awards 2019 are now open. This years event will be taking place on Thursday 5 December 2019.

New ASFP Blue Book offers guidance on fire-resisting ductwork

The Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) has published a new edition of its Blue Book European Version - Fire resisting ductwork. Tested to BS EN1366 Parts 1, 8 & 9 (Classification to BS EN13501 Parts 3 & 4), which provides best practice guidance on the use of fire resisting ducts in buildings This second edition [...]

Firestopping of Service Penetrations: A New Best Practice Guide

To assist in the design, specification and installation of building services penetrations to ensure fire compartmentation is maintained, five leading not-for-profit organisations have launched a Best Practice Design and Installation Guide, Firestopping of Service Penetrations. The aim of the guide is to encourage all stakeholders in construction to consider firestopping design earlier in the process [...]

ASFP announces programme of free passive fire protection webinars

The Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) has announced a programme of free passive fire protection (PFP) webinars. Each will focus on a different PFP system, providing a detailed introduction to the main characteristics of each product type and explaining the product testing, performance and installation requirements. They will also introduce the ASFP best practice guidance [...]

ASFP has moved

The Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) is pleased to announce it has now moved to its new headquarters in Coventry. From 3 August 2020, the ASFP’s contact details will be: Association for Specialist Fire Protection Spectra House Westwood Way Westwood Business Park Coventry CV4 8HS Tel: 024 76 935412 Email: info@asfp.org.uk The ASFP would […]

Tribute to David Sugden

It is with great sadness that the ASFP announces that passive fire protection industry stalwart David Sugden passed away on 27 July, following a short battle with pancreatic cancer. David served the industry for more than 50 years, providing forthright views and leadership in a range of senior posts. He was a Chair of ASFP […]

Building Safety Bill a promising first step says ASFP

The Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) has welcomed the draft Building Safety Bill, published on 20 July, as a promising first step in improving the safety of the built environment.  The ASFP explains that the new Bill puts in place the underpinning law that will enable change to happen but highlights that the subsequent […]

ASFP releases new advisory notes on the fire protection of structural steel

The Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) has released a suite of new Advisory Notes which offer guidance on the fire protection of structural steel. The four new Advisory notes address specific concerns identified by industry. ASFP Advisory Note 18: ASFP Position on Installing Partitioning to the Underside of Structural Steel Sections Coated with a Reactive […]

ASFP releases new advice on compatibility between pipes and acoustic or firestopping seals

The Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) has produced a new Advisory Note on the Compatibility between Pipes and Acoustic or Firestopping Seals which provides recommendations to ensure that all components perform as required. The new advice highlights two significant compatibility issues relating to: the installation of short metal pipes that are to be connected later […]

Coronavirus Updates

The ASFP Coronavirus Updates provide regular news, advice and links to resources to aid members through the Coronavirus crisis .vc_custom_1419240516480{background-color: #f9f9f9 !important;} ASFP Coronavirus Update 20/7/2020Chancellor offers new Plan for Jobs The Chancellor’s Plan for Jobs presented during his Summer Statement sets out how the Government aims to support, protect and create jobs as part [...]

ASFP to resume classroom training

The ASFP is to resume face-to-face classroom training with several Autumn dates for the Level 2 and Level 3 Foundation Course in Passive Fire Protection in Dublin, and a Level 2 Course in Passive Fire Protection commencing in Coventry on 8 July. With numbers restricted to comply with social distancing requirements, the July course is […]

ASFP to partner with the BCF for administrative services

Having spent the last forty years running its administrative operations via the offices of Association Group Management Ltd in Bordon, Hampshire, the Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) is to appoint the British Coatings Federation (BCF) as its new secretariat service provider. This will involve transferring the ASFP’s entire secretariat and administration function to the […]

ASFP offers free access to key guidance documents

To support the construction and fire sectors during the Coronavirus pandemic, the Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) has removed all charges for pdf downloads of its key guidance documents from 1 June, offering free access for all to these essential educational resources. The ASFP Colour book series, the ASFP Guide to Inspecting Passive Fire Protection for […]

Fire Safety Event 2020 rescheduled to April 2021

Nineteen Group has announced that the Fire Safety Event and related shows will not take place in September 2020 as planned following their original postponement from April as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. The event will now take place on 27-28 April 2021. The company’s full statement is available on the Fire Safety Event […]

Firex 2020 rescheduled to 2021

Informa has announced that Firex International will not take place in September 2020 as planned following its original postponement from May as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. The event will now take place on 18-20 May 2021. Further details will be announced as plans progress. For further information visit https://www.firex.co.uk/en/home.html  

Catch up on ASFP Firex Digital Week webinars

The ASFP took part in the FIREX International/IFESEC free Digital Week content series on 18–22 May 2020. The Firex on 21 May addressed major industry issues and included: ASFP’s CEO Niall Rowan and the FIA’s Ian Moore on COVID–19’s impact on the life safety sector Expert discussion on key industry issues, including ‘life after Grenfell’ [...]

View the ASFP at Fire Safety Event Online on demand

ASFP CEO Niall Rowan offered a webinar presentation on The Government proposals on construction products and the impact of Coronavirus on the construction industry at the Fire Safety Event Online on Friday 15 May. The full event is now available to view on demand. It includes the following presentations: Fire approach for the NHS Nightingale [...]

ASFP responds to Government Building Safety Bill proposals

The Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) welcomes the Government’s plans to reform building safety and undertake a major review of the building regulations, a move which the Association believes is long overdue. The Association also welcomes plans to establish new regulators for Building Safety and for Construction Products, and a new Construction Products Standards […]

ASFP highlights online learning resources

With many companies moving staff to remote working, the Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) is highlighting the wide range of online resources it offers to help educate all involved in the built environment. The available material is suitable for installers, designers, specifiers and contractors, as well as building owner occupiers, risk assessors and enforcement agencies. […]

ASFP launches PI Insurance Cover Scheme

The Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) has partnered with an insurance broker to offer a new Professional Indemnity Insurance Cover Scheme for existing and prospective ASFP members. The move is in response to reports from specialist fire protection sub-contractors that they are finding it increasingly difficult to obtain cover, with many facing significant premium [...]

ASFP seeks Training Officer

ASFP is seeking a Training Officer to support the training activities for this flourishing trade association.

ASFP Calls for Improvements in the Quality of Construction

ASFP calls for improvements in the quality of construction following spate of large loss fires

ASFP Appoints Business Manager

The ASFP has appointed Mike Ward as the associations new Business Manager.

ASFP announces 2019 Passive Fire Protection Award winners

The ASFP announced the winners of the 2019 Passive Fire Protection Industry Awards on Thursday 5 December.

ASFP response to the Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry Report

The Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) welcomes the release of the report following the first phase of the Public Inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire

ASFP Workshop provides PFP recommendations

The ASFP held a Passive Fire Protection Workshop at the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) AGM and Conference in Brighton on 17 July

Tribute to former CEO Graham Ellicott

It is with great sadness that the ASFP announces that former ASFP CEO Graham Ellicott passed away on 25 July

ASFP supports IFE Conference

The ASFP will be exhibiting at the IFE AGM and Conference in Brighton on 17-18 July, where it will also be hosting a Workshop on Passive Fire Protection

ASFP Firex Workshops – presentations available

The ASFP hosted a series of Practical Workshops and Lunchtime Lectures each day at Firex International 18-20 June 2019, ExCeL London.

ASFP CEO speaks at housing seminar

ASFP CEO Niall Rowan gave a presentation at the Frankham RMS Fire Safety in Housing Seminar, on the 20th February 2019. The session considered the potential for increasing the competence of those involved in all aspects of fire protection in housing.

ASFP announces 2018 Passive Fire Protection Award winners

The Association for Specialist Fire Protection announced the winners of the 2018 Passive Fire Protection Industry Awards on Friday, 7 December 2018 at an Awards Lunch held in the Plaisterers’ Hall, London. The five awards were presented by BBC broadcaster Steph McGovern to companies and individuals judged to have contributed to the advancement of awareness, [...]

ASFP supports Hackitt recommendations

The Association for Specialist Fire Protection welcomes the recommendations from the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, which it believes offer a brave and mature approach aimed at helping to deliver a safer built environment. However, the ASFP believes that the recommended reforms should be applied to cover the great majority of buildings rather than [...]

ASFP encouraged by Government response to Hackitt review

The Association for Specialist Fire Protection broadly welcomes the Government’s response to the Hackitt review, which accepts the majority of Dame Judith Hackitt’s recommendations. The Association also welcomes the announcement of a review of Approved Document B. The ASFP is encouraged that the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) implementation plan states that [...]

ASFP supports Firex 2019

FIREX International is the global arena for sourcing fire safety products, guidance and expertise. It is the only event that connects the global fire and security markets, and gives fire and security professionals access to the very latest technology from suppliers across the world, cutting-edge solutions and the essential knowledge to ensure life safety. 

ASFP accredits Thin Film Intumescent Coatings Training Course

The Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) has entered into an agreement with MPI Group to accredit the Corrodere Thin Film Intumescent Coatings Training Course, a new module under the Train the Painter coating applicator training programme. Intumescent coatings are applied to structural steel either on or off site to prevent structural failure in the event of [...]

ASFP welcomes launch of RIBA Plan of Work for Fire Safety

The Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) is pleased to announce that the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has launched a consultation on a new RIBA Plan of Work for Fire Safety. The document represents the culmination of work which was initiated in 2016 when the ASFP convened a panel of stakeholders from across the built environment [...]