BRE Global works to ensure that fire, security, environmental and other products and services provide the quality of performance and protection that they should.

We are an independent, third-party approvals organisation, offering certification of products, services and systems to an international market. Our testing and approvals are carried out by recognised experts in world-class facilities. We also offer cutting-edge research and consultancy services.

Fire and security certification – our Loss Prevention Certification Board (LPCB) assesses and certifies fire and security systems and services against standards, such as BS, EN and LPS, developed in cooperation with manufacturers and insurers. Approved systems and services are listed in the world famous Red Book.

Environmental certification – claiming to be ‘green’ is a common marketing tactic that is not easily substantiated. We assess and certify environmental products and services which are then listed in our free database, Green Book Live. BRE Global is responsible for the internationally renowned BREEAM family of schemes for assessing the environmental performance of buildings.

The BIM Level 2 Business Systems Certification scheme assesses a business’ BIM policy and capability as defined within PAS 1192-2:2013 and PAS 91 as well as assessing the ability of the business to meet the requirements of an employer to carry out a BIM capability assessment.  The BIM Level 2 Certificated Practitioner Scheme, aimed at individuals who have completed BRE Academy’s BIM training courses ensures that, once qualified, you meet – and will continue to meet – the appropriate standards, through a combination of regular audits and on-going CPD requirements.

Management systems – we offer third-party approval to quality management (ISO 9001:2008), environmental management (ISO 14001) and health and safety management (BS OHSAS 18001) standards.

Advisory Services – our experts will help you with risk assessments, design solutions and specifications that minimise fire and security risks in buildings, infrastructure and transport systems, and reduce the risk of crime in public places and communities.

Research, testing and investigation – we have world-class test and research facilities, and a fifty-year history of fire investigations and expert witness services.  The BRE Academy also offers a range of online training course for construction professionals.

Training– our training team offers courses in areas such as designing and managing buildings for fire safety, security and fire risk assessment.

BRE Group operates in accordance with strict guidelines and procedures to ensure that we remain impartial and avoid conflicts of interest. It should be noted that BRE Group does not offer consultancy, advice or guidance in any areas that could conflict with our assurance services.

The descriptions of our many assurance and consultancy services on this website have been kept brief for the sake of clarity and may not always make such considerations clear.

Service provided by BRE Global Ltd.

Governance

BRE Global Governing Body

The accreditation standards require certification bodies to have in place a governance structure that, amongst other things, safeguards impartiality.  The Governing Body fulfils this role and provides guidance and advice to BRE Global through the wide knowledge and experience of the Governing Body members

The Governing Body’s Terms of Reference are: (ISO 17020 Clause 4.1; ISO 17021 Clause 6.2; ISO 17024 Clause 4.3; ISO 17025 Clause 4.1.5(d); and ISO 17065 Clauses 4.2 & 5.2 refer) more

Standing Panel for Peer Review

BRE Global has set up a Standing Panel for the peer review of proposals for new or revised standards or schemes, and their content once produced.   Members of the Standing Panel are proposed by BRE Global and are subject to the approval of the Governing Body.

The Standing Panel (SP) usually consists of:

  • The professors from the BRE University Centres of Excellence;
  • The BRE Fellows;
  • Other experts from academia and/or industry as required.

Terms of reference

The Governing Body shall:

  • assist in developing the policies relating to impartiality of BRE Global’s activities;
  • counteract any tendency on the part of BRE Global to allow commercial or other considerations to prevent the consistent objective provision of its activities;
  • advise on matters affecting confidence in assurance, including openness and public perception; and
  • conduct a review, at least once annually, of the impartiality of the audit, certification and decision-making processes of BRE Global.

by:

  • having oversight of processes and policies to ensure, as far as is reasonably practicable, that BRE Global is:
  • acting independently and impartially;
  • operating processes correctly;
  • treating customers fairly;
  • where appropriate, make suggestions to improve policies, processes and procedures (including those of the Governing Body, Standing Panel, and Working Groups);
  • reviewing the results of internal audits, management reviews, complaints, appeals, certificate suspensions and withdrawals in order to ensure that procedures are administered in an impartial, timely and non-discriminatory manner;
  • assuring themselves of the financial standing of BRE Global Ltd.

The Governing Body has the right to take action independent of the management of BRE Global (for example, by informing authorities, accreditation bodies, and stakeholders) if their advice is not respected.

In addition, the Governing Body should

  • advise BRE Global and help BRE Global set its strategic direction;
  • promote assurance (certification, testing and inspection);
  • identify the need for standards, schemes and publications;
  • approve standards, schemes and publications as appropriate.

The Chairman will manage appeals as necessary and also assist the BRE Global Managing Director in resolving any governance issues.