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he Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has been working with the fi re safety sector to increase confi dence and competence in the Fire Risk Assessment market, especially after the report by Sir Ken Knight following the 2009 Lakanal House fi re in Camberwell. For many, the market for fi re risk assessments is currently fractured, and it is under close scrutiny by public bodies, fi re services, the legal profession, the fi re trade and end-users. There are some individuals and, sadly a few companies, that have a ‘little knowledge’ and do not recognise ‘what they don’t know’ when it comes to fi re risk assessments and legislation across the UK. As a result, a number of fi re risk assessors, contractors, company directors, Responsible Persons and others are facing fi nes and imprisonment for failing to comply; and prosecutions may arise whether there has been actual loss of life or injury,

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or just the possibility of a dangerous incident occurring. The IFC Group and IFC Certifi cation

Ltd. (IFCC) were instrumental in recommending the establishment of a national Fire Risk Assessment Competency Council to DCLG back in 2009/10.

At the initial sectoral meetings with DCLG it was also widely acknowledged that nationally accredited Certifi cation Bodies, who are themselves subject to on-going external third party audit by UKAS, would provide the most robust solution to the problems. Key Certifi cation providers signed up and agreed to the development and introduction of Certifi cation schemes based on a nationally defi ned set of competence standards and criteria that UKAS could audit against.

The IFCC 0099 UKAS-accredited

Fire Risk Assessor Certifi cation Scheme assesses companies that undertake fi re risk assessment to a defi ned standard

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of competence. The scheme is based on the work of major stakeholders in fi re risk assessment, including drawing on the long established experience within the IFC Group. The scheme addresses the need for a benchmark that delivers a robust and recognised quality standard that is relevant to building’s use, allowing professionals to deliver meaningful fi re risk assessments to ensure improved user safety. Rather than launch the IFCC 0099 scheme in advance of a solid set of agreed national competence criteria and a detailed review of market needs, IFC Certifi cation held off and developed a robust solution that would address users’ needs. IFCC made a signifi cant investment in time and resources, working closely with the wider fi re community and risk assessment sector, and other leading industry bodies in developing the competence standards and resultant

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