ASFP to offer trio of new member benefits in conjunction with BSI
26 September 2022
THE ASSOCIATION for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) has signed a series of agreements with the British Standards Institution (BSI), the national standards body for the UK. Under the agreements, the ASFP is able to offer British Standards for sale at discounted rates to its members, free British Standards to SME members and free on-boarding to the BSI’s all-new Identify Scheme.
The ASFP will offer BS, BS EN and ISO standards to members at discounted rates (of up to 30% off), providing them with access to all of the standards they need at an affordable price. The standards can be purchased via the Association’s online shop in either hard copy format or as pdf downloads.
As part of a Government scheme to support SMEs, the Association will offer a range of up to 100 passive fire-related standards free of charge to qualifying ASFP members. The range available reflects those of most interest to the passive fire protection community, as well as helping member companies with their company quality assurance by offering the BS EN ISO 17025 and BS EN ISO 9001 quality management standards.
ASFP members can also receive free on-boarding to the BSI Identify Scheme, which aims to deliver transparency and product traceability throughout the built environment supply chain. This new BSI service harnesses Digital Object Identifier technology to deliver a “unique, constant and interoperable” identifier, designated a ‘BSI UPIN’, which can be assigned to products.
In essence, this assists UK manufacturers to directly manage information about their products in the supply chain, providing a consistent record of each product throughout its life cycle, from manufacture, specification, procurement and installation right to de-commissioning or re-use.
These new services form part of the ASFP Hub, which offers a wide range of discounts, free support and advice to all ASFP members. There’s a huge range of benefits to be found for member companies and their employees. These benefits range from free affiliate membership of Make UK to membership discounts from CHAS and Barbour ABI.
ASFP CEO Steve Davies informed Fire Safety Matters: “The ASFP offers a wide range of training, technical and support services for members as part of our core membership offer. These additional benefits aim to provide an enhancement to our services, in turn making ASFP membership even more rewarding and resulting in significant savings for members.”
Davies continued: “Our new agreements with the BSI ensure that ASFP member companies of all sizes can access all BS, BS EN and ISO standards at an affordable price, while ASFP SME member companies are able to access essential fire safety standards free of charge. This initiative, along with the BSI Identify Scheme, aims to help educate our members and further improve the quality of the passive fire protection products and services they can offer. This will further enhance recognition of the professionalism and competence of ASFP members throughout the construction industry.”
*For further information on ASFP member benefits, including the BSI standards offer, visit the website at www.asfp.org.uk/page/Memberhub