An independent UKAS accredited provider of 3rd party certification in support of fire safety and security


Answers to your most frequent questions

What is 3rd Party Certification and is it right for me? We understand this can be a difficult concept for many people. We want to make the premise and process as clear and as transparent as possible, so you can decide if it's the right thing for you and your business.

Of course if your question is not covered below or you would like to talk to one of our experienced team members about your specific requirements; please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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Frequently Asked Questions

We have tried to answer some of your most common questions, as simply as possible.

Certification refers to the confirmation of certain characteristics of an object (a product), process, person or organisation.

In most cases, this confirmation is provided by some form of external review, assessment, or audit.

So, an accredited or authorised person or agency assesses and verifies (and attests in writing by issuing a certificate) the attributes, characteristics, quality, qualification, or status of something or someone. The assessment and verification are in accordance with established requirements or standards.

A certificate creates trust. Trust in your products, services, (management) processes and employees. Your certificate enables you to demonstrate that your organisation works efficiently and safely, that you manage the work and work processes and that you strive to be sustainable.

It allows you to reduce risks, improve the quality of your organisation and have more satisfied clients. An independent third party like Kiwa ensures it stays that way.

In addition to creating trust, it can also have the following benefits:

  • Certification Means Certainty
  • Certification Improves Efficiency
  • Certification Fosters Engagement
  • Certification Ensures Confidence
  • Certification Improves Customer Satisfaction
  • Certification is great for Marketing

This kind of certification involves a fully independent assessment declaring that specified requirements pertaining to a product, person, process or management system have been met. The requirements have been independently drawn up by Boards of Experts representing a certain market segment or an association.

The advantage of third-party certification is that you nor your association, but an independent third party assures you and your customers that objective requirements have been met.

On top of certification, there is accreditation. Organisations like IFC Certification that certify third parties are themselves formally accredited. Accreditation is provided by a so-called accreditation body, which acts on behalf of the Government to assess the competence of the Certification and Inspection bodies to conduct their activities in accordance with national and international standards, as defined in the scope of the certification bodies activities.

The accreditation process ensures that certification practices are acceptable, which means a certifier is competent to test and certify third parties, behaves ethically and employs suitable quality assurance.

IFC Certification is UKAS accredited.


IFC Certification is an Approved Body, and its parent company (Kiwa) are a Notified Body.

An Approved Body or Notified Body is a third-party entity that has been accredited by a Member State to assess whether a product to be placed on the market meets certain standards.

Conformity assessment can include inspection and examination of a product, its design, and the manufacturing environment and processes associated with it.

IFC Certification Ltd is a independent UKAS accredited Organisation. You can find certificates for this on the official UKAS website.

Or click below to view our certificates:

Product Certification
UKAS Certificate – Product

Management Systems
UKAS Certificate – Management Systems

Inspection Services
UKAS Certificate – Inspection Services

You can quickly find any Installer that are currently certified by IFC Certification, using our live search directory on this website.

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You can quickly find any product that is currently certified by IFC Certification (along with all relevant details), using our live search directory on this website.

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Certification is based upon an annual subscription rate.

Indicative costs can be found on our prices list here. But we recommend you either contact us direct for an exact cost, or take note of the price stipulated in the application process.

Yes. We are an Approved Body for UKCA marking only. Following Brexit, we have put bilateral agreements in place with European based partners to allow us to continue providing Fire Safety Product Compliance services in the UK and EU respectively.

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IFC Certification Ltd is an independent UKAS accredited provider of high quality customer focused third party certification in support of fire safety and security.

If you can’t find exactly what you are after from our website and would like to talk to one of a highly knowledgeable team, either for advice on joining a certification scheme or to discuss any element of your current certification status, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We would be delighted to here from you.

You can call us on +44 (0)1844 276920, email us at or simply fill in our quick and easy message form and we will get back to you.

What our clients say....

"IFC as a group have been so supportive in both our initial application to become accredited and in our ongoing site and office audits. The team at IFC Certification have always been happy to help us with technical queries and has made our entire time with them a smooth and easy process.

We would happily recommend IFC Certification to everyone who wants to become 3rd party certified as it has opened many new business opportunities and allowed us to better streamline our operating processes by following a UCAS accredited process. "
Mick Baillie
AWB & Son

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