ASFP members cover a broad spectrum of the fire protection industry including: product manufacturers; system and product installers; product testing and assessing authorities; fire risk assessors; certification bodies; and associated groups and organisations.

The ASFP offers the following categories of UK membership:

CONTRACTOR C1

Open to Applicators/Installers of Passive Fire Protection products and systems. Applicants for this class of membership shall:

  • Demonstrate an ability to trade in PFP products and systems.
  • Provide evidence of required levels of insurance, including professional indemnity.
  • Provide evidence of employed staff, e.g. CITB levy notice.
  • Submit one year’s accounts.
  • Participate in the ASFP training programme for PFP at a level determined by the Council.
  • Obtain third-party certification for installation. Certification should be accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditations Service (UKAS) or an equivalent body that is signatory to the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) Multilateral Recognition Arrangement (MLA).
  • Employ workers in strict compliance with current legal requirements regarding employment.
  • Comply with the code of practice for the supply, design, and installation of PFP products or systems.
  • Be certified to ISO 9001 or submit details of Quality System, identifying the method of operation and management appropriate to their status as contractors.

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MANUFACTURER C2-C7

Open to Manufacturers of Passive Fire Protection products/systems. Applicants for this class of membership shall:

  • Provide details of PFP products or systems manufactured.
  • Provide evidence that the products/systems comply with the requirements and conditions of entry into the appropriate ASFP publications.
  • Participate in the ASFP training programme for PFP at a level determined by the Council.
  • Obtain third-party certification for products where appropriate. Certification should be accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditations Service (UKAS) or an equivalent body that is signatory to the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) Multilateral Recognition Arrangement (MLA).
  • Comply with the Code of Practice for the supply, design, and installation of PFP products or systems.
  • Be certified to ISO 9001 or submit details of Quality System, identifying the method of operation and management in accordance with ISO 9001.

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DISTRIBUTOR C8

Open to specialist suppliers of Passive Fire Protection products and systems. Applicants for this class of membership shall:

  • Provide details of PFP products or systems distributed.
  • Provide evidence that the products/systems comply with the requirements and conditions of entry into the appropriate ASFP publications.
  • Comply with the Code of Practice for the supply, design, and installation of PFP products or systems.
  • Participate in the ASFP training programme for PFP at a level determined by Council.
  • Certified to ISO 9001 or submit details of Quality System, identifying the method of operation and management appropriate to their status as distributors.
  • Promote the use of third-party certificated products.

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ASSOCIATE MEMBER C9

Open to businesses not installing, manufacturing or distributing Passive Fire Protection products and systems, such as testing organisations, certification bodies, raw materials suppliers, professional service providers within the fire protection industry.

  • Applicants shall be certified to ISO 9001 or submit details of Quality System, identifying the method of operation and management appropriate to their status as associates, e.g. UKAS accreditation for testing laboratories and certification bodies.
  • Associate members who are operating as fire risk assessors shall either be a member of a UKAS accredited third-party certification scheme for fire risk assessors or be listed in an appropriate register, e.g. that operated by IFE, IFSM etc.
  • Associate members who are operating as fire consultants or other members offering professional services such as software design shall have appropriate experience and qualification, e.g. by being a member of a professional body or hold a professional qualification.
  • Applicants shall participate in the ASFP training programme for PFP at a level determined by the Council.

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INDIVIDUAL C10

Open to those who are individuals and not a business, but may work within a business e.g. Building Control. Each application is assessed on an individual basis. It is the ‘individual’ who will have sole membership and not a business they may have links with.

This is a category of membership designed specifically for individuals to help further their knowledge and understanding of passive fire protection. Individual members have no voting rights.

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TIER 1 CONTRACTOR / PRIMARY CONTRACTOR C12

This is a category for management or Tier 1 contractors who are responsible for the overall coordination of a project, but not necessarily involved in actual applications of PFP, to participate in ASFP activities and to acquire a greater understanding and knowledge of the importance of PFP.

It is a prerequisite of membership that, for fire protection works, the Tier 1 contractor, or its nominated subcontractor, engages only third-party certificated contractors, in line with building regulations.

Applicants for this class of membership shall:

  • Provide evidence of required levels of insurance including professional indemnity.
  • Provide evidence of employed staff, e.g. CITB levy notice.
  • Where fire protection packages are let by the Tier 1 contractor, they engage third-party certificated contractors under an appropriate third-party scheme in line with the guidance of Building Regulations concerning PFP works.
  • Where packages are let by the nominated sub-contractors, they engage third-party certificated contractors in line with the guidance of Building Regulations concerning fire protection works.
  • Employ workers in strict compliance with current legal requirements regarding employment.
  • Comply with the code of practice for the supply, design, and installation of PFP products or systems and follow UK guidance on internal fire spread, for the utilisation of third-party certified products under an appropriate third-party scheme.
  • Be certified to ISO 9001 or submit details of Quality System, identifying the method of operation and management appropriate to their status as contractors.
  • Participate in the ASFP training programme for PFP at a level determined by the Council.

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BUSINESS AFFILIATE C14

Open to companies not necessarily involved in PFP, but providing services to ASFP members, e.g. insurance brokers, site equipment, plant providers etc. This class of membership may not use the ASFP logo.

Each application is assessed on an individual basis by the Council.

In addition to the ASFP UK membership category, ASFP also offers an Ireland membership category and an International membership category.

ASFP Ireland C13

Membership of ASFP Ireland is open to contractors, manufacturers, distributors, associates and individuals as above. Those operating only on the island of Ireland pay a discounted subscription rate reflecting the reduced level of benefit available to them. Members who operate in Great Britain or participate in technical task groups pay the full ASFP subscription rate.

International C11

ASFP welcomes members from throughout the world. This category of membership is open to Manufacturers, Distributors, Contractors, Associates or Individuals operating outside England, Wales, Ireland or Scotland.

Requirements in terms of quality systems, third party certification and other issues may vary for different countries and are detailed in the appropriate annex of the ASFP Bye laws. Applications are considered on an individual basis, in accordance with the ASFP membership application process. International members have no voting rights.

Where an international company is actively trading or working in the UK or is referenced in the ASFP Colour Books it will be required to apply for full ASFP membership similar to U- based companies in relation to the specific membership category.

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Each applicant for membership shall be required to complete the Association’s application form and agree to comply with the ASFP Byelaws and Regulations.