Quality Management and the Building Safety Act

FIS has been working with its members to address the issues of providing clear digital evidence of compliance and competence through an initiative called the FIS Quality Framework:  Product Process People (PPP)


Introducing the FIS Quality Framework:  Product Process People (PPP)

Since the fire at Grenfell Tower and the interim report, FIS has been working with its members to address the issues of providing clear digital evidence of compliance and competence through an initiative called the FIS Quality Framework:  Product Process People (PPP). This is a framework to evidence compliance by saving copies of test reports, product delivery notes and site images to show correct installation. Together with copies of the operatives’ CSCS cards with relevant training recorded in the same file, this will provide current evidence of competency.

Product: Keep records of the specification, test evidence, purchase orders and delivery notes
Process: Keep dated site images of the installation, especially elements that will be covered up in the final build
People: Record who installed the system using records from their CSCS cards and their relevant qualifications and training.

FIS Product, Process, People (PPP) Risk Management Tool

This tool has been created to help members embrace the thinking behind this quality framework and to encourage a culture of scrutinising risk in a structured way at the outset of a project.  FIS will be reviewing this tool on a regular basis as a way of supporting members in unpicking the impact of the Grenfell Review process on their business.  Members can download the FIS Product, Process, People Risk Management Tool via the link below

Building Safety Act Compliance

The Building Safety Act passed into Law in May 2022 and it brings with it a fundamental change to the way in which Higher Risk Buildings are regulated.   Whilst the Act centres on buildings taller than 18 m that include two or more dwellings including care homes and hospitals. 

The Act is a Regulatory requirement for buildings in scope, but also an opportunity to review the entire culture of the sector and understand how we can implement changes within our businesses to reassure ourselves and the regulators that all buildings are compliant.

For a simple overview of the Act and summary of the headline changes click here.

The Act requires companies to implement a Competency Plan – to support compliance FIS has developed a number of Competency Frameworks focussed initially on the key trades and has launched the FIS Competency Passport, in partnership with MPP to provide a common tool to allow employers to track competency.

The Act also requires the creation of a Digital Information Management Plan.  The FIS Digital Toolkit has been developed to suppport this work.

Supporting Information from FIS
  • FIS RACI Matrix – The RACI model is a straightforward tool used for identifying roles and responsibilities and avoiding confusion over those roles and responsibilities during a project.
  • FIS Association Integrated Management Standard (AIMS) – AIMS was developed with the assistance of the British Standards Institution (BSI), to help its members implement tried and proven methods of streamlining their company for the benefit of their business and its stakeholders.  AIMS sets the parameters for FIS members to manage their internal controls to ensure that all reasonably foreseeable business risks are effectively managed and addressed. It provides a framework for implementing risk management systems that will help organisations to meet statutory and legislative requirements as a minimum.
  • FIS Best Practice Guides – FIS produce a range of Best Practice and Site Guides to support the sector, these are available here
  • The FIS Acoustic Verification Scheme – In a bid to curb growing incidents of ‘passing off’ FIS has teamed up with Cundall Acoustics to develop an acoustic test certificate verification scheme.  The scheme takes test data and reports and runs a series of checks to verify information is accurate and genuine.
  • FIS Drylining Quality Checklist – This quality check list for drylining has been produced by members of the FIS drylining working group to help members assess risk during the project and provide a detailed quality check list throughout the installation process.  
  • FIS Technical Hub – Fire Safety – A summary of all support available from the FIS related to delivering fire safety through the construction process.  
  • Product Process People White Paper May 2018 – the initial discussion document produced to set process in motion to develop the FIS PPP Framework.