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Professional fire safety providers are now able to obtain Third Party Certification from the National Security Inspectorate (NSI), for its Evacuation Alert Systems Scheme, incorporating the requirements of BAFE’s new Scheme SP207.

Scheme Overview

BAFE’s SP207 Scheme has been developed in response to a recommendation from the Grenfell Tower Phase 1 inquiry report whereby new or existing blocks of flats, with one or more storeys located over 18m above ground level, should be provided with evacuation alert systems.

Evacuation alert systems activated solely by the fire and rescue services initiate evacuation alert signals in the event of a fire or other emergency, save time in alerting occupants to evacuate, and enable the most critical areas for evacuation to be prioritised.

BAFE Scheme SP207 calls upon BS 8629, the ‘Code of Practice for the Design, Installation, Commissioning and Maintenance of Evacuation Alert Systems for use by fire and rescue services in buildings containing flats’, published on 30 November 2019.

Two Levels of Approval

Companies wishing to gain certification through NSI, the only Certification Body licensed to deliver the BAFE SP207 scheme, have two approval options: Gold and Silver; with Gold available to those companies operating a Quality Management System in accordance with BS EN ISO 9001.

Upon successful completion of the application process companies will gain both NSI approval and BAFE registration for the SP207 scheme.

As the scheme is modular, companies can choose to be assessed against one or more of the services they provide i.e. design, installation, commissioning and/or maintenance.

Similar to an “MOT”, NSI approved companies will issue an NSI/BAFE “Certificate of Compliance” for newly installed systems and on completion of scheduled maintenance visits (every six months), as evidence to enforcing authorities and insurers that systems are adequately installed and maintained

Download the BAFE SP207 Scheme Document

Enrol on NSI’s BS 8629 Training Course

BAFE Scheme SP207 calls upon BS 8629 (‘Code of Practice for the Design, Installation and Commissioning and Maintenance of Evacuation Alert Systems for use by Fire and Rescue Services in Buildings Containing Flats’).  NSI has developed an ‘Introduction to BS 8629’ remote training course (delivered via Teams) to help organisations gain an understanding of this new British Standard. Find out more about this training course.

For further information or to apply please contact our Applications Team on 01628 764885 or