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 e-learning platform now live

The Association for Specialist Fire Protection’s (ASFP’s) innovative new e-Learning platform is now live!  Featuring high quality adaptive learning techniques, supported by ASFP technical expertise and training capability, the new platform provides the ideal online solution for learners wishing to study towards Level 2 and Level 3 qualifications in Passive Fire Protection, administered by the Institution of Fire […]

28 April – ASFP AGM

ASFP AGM - Save the date Wednesday 28 April - 9:30-11:30 The ASFP is delighted to invite all ASFP members to attend its 2021 Annual General Meeting, which will be held in webinar format via Zoom. This free event for ASFP members will include: An announcement of the winners of the 2020 ASFP Awards A [...]

ASFP Council Nominations 2021

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

ON DEMAND – PFP for Designers & Specifiers

Passive Fire Protection for Designers & Specifiers ON DEMAND RECORDING FROM Wednesday 31 March - 14:00-16:00 This CPD webinar will take the form of an introductory presentation from the ASFP on the design and specification of passive fire protection. The session will cover: • What stage to involve fire specialists • Understanding test evidence • [...]

ASFP seeks Marketing Executive

ASFP is seeking a new Head of Training

ASFP appoints new CEO

The Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) is delighted to announce the appointment of Steve Davies as its new Chief Executive Officer. Having joined the Association on 1 March, Steve will officially take the reins at the ASFP’s AGM on 28 April, when outgoing CEO Niall Rowan will stand down. A Chartered Mechanical Engineer “by […]

ASFP supports calls for funding to address tall building fire safety failings

The Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP), the UK’s leading association for the passive fire protection sector, is supporting calls for greater funding to address identified fire safety failings in tall buildings. The move comes following the Government’s announcement of its five point plan to address unsafe cladding issues and the defeat in Parliament of […]

Firestopping Best Practice Guide receives RIBA approval

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has approved the recently launched Firestopping of Service Penetrations, Best Practice in Design and Installation Guide as assessed Continual Professional Development (CPD) material. This enables architects to download and read the guide and log this towards their 35 hours of required CPD each year. The RIBA-approved guide was […]

ASFP seeks Head of Training

ASFP is seeking a new Head of Training

ASFP responds to CITB training standard survey

The Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) has submitted a response to CITB’s consultation on a new training standard, ‘Understanding Fire in Buildings’. The ASFP agrees that all who attend site should know the purpose of the fire safety measures that are installed in the building and the effect that their own interactions with it […]

Government issues Point of Origin Guidance following Brexit

Following the signing of the new UK and EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement, the UK Government has issued guidance on the changes for businesses and citizens rules. Of particular importance to ASFP members which export to the EU are the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) guidance on rules of origin. In order […]

ASFP Webinars On Demand

The ASFP held a webinar on 12 January – Looking forward in 2021. Now available on demand, the webinar provides an update on planned regulatory changes and how these will develop in 2021; an overview of the implications of the new UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement; and introduces the ASFP’s new membership requirements with respect […]

ASFP Coronavirus Update 15/1/2021

The latest ASFP Covid 19 Update includes a round-up of news and support available from Government and industry to assist business and construction with the latest Covid-19 restrictions.  This includes: Lockdown restrictions across UK and Ireland Government recognises construction contribution Available business support Site Operating Procedures – Version7 Lockdown restrictions across UK and Ireland All […]

ASFP introduces new qualification requirements for members

The Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) introduced new membership requirements from 1 January 2021, which make it mandatory for member companies to demonstrate that a proportion of their employees have been suitably trained and/or have achieved appropriate qualifications in Passive Fire Protection. The new requirements are intended to further assist the Association and its […]

ASFP supports the Children’s Burns Trust

The Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) has continued its support for the Children’s Burns Trust (CBT) with a £2,000 donation on behalf of its members. Each year the ASFP donates £10 of every ticket sale for its Annual Awards Lunch to CBT, as well as making a collection on each table from those who […]

ASFP Coronavirus Update 5/11/2020

The latest ASFP Covid 19 Update includes a round-up of news and support available from Government and industry to assist business and construction with the latest Covid-19 restrictions.  This includes: New Lockdown for England announced Furlough Scheme Extended Site Operating Procedures – Version 6 Updated face covering guidance Build UK Covid actions Flowchart CLC updates […]

ASFP CEO announces plan to stand down

The Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) is seeking a new Chief Executive Officer following an announcement by the current CEO Niall Rowan of his intention to step down after the Association’s Annual General Meeting in 2021. Niall took on the role of Chief Executive Officer at the ASFP at the start of 2017, having [...]

ASFP responds to industry competency proposals

The Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) welcomes the latest proposals on competence requirements for those working on higher risk buildings released by the Competence Steering Group (CSG) on 4 October in its final report ‘Setting the Bar’. The report proposes an overarching system of competence made up of four key elements: a new competence […]

ASFP supports Specialist Apprentice Programme

IFC Group is heavily involved in all stages of the building process

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, […]

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 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 15/1/2021The latest ASFP Covid 19 Update includes a round-up of news and support available from Government and industry to assist business and construction with the latest Covid-19 restrictions.  This includes: [...]

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 […]

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 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 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 [...]