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Last edited 09 Oct 2018
British Board of Agrément
The British Board of Agrément (BBA) is an independent UK organisation that offers an approval service for construction products, systems and installers. They are the UK's major authority for providing reassurance to consumers, and achieve this through Agrément Certificates.
 BBA certification
The BBA offer a range of different services, as outlined below:
An agrément certificate is issued for a successful product or system following a detailed assessment including both laboratory testing and inspections. In addition, the manufacturer is audited to ensure they have an adequate quality management system. Repeated testing is undertaken for the duration of the certificate’s validity period.
 Management systems certification
 Production control
 Prototype assessment
 Governing board
The BBA governing board is made up of executive and non-executive directors. The non-executive directors are from the UK construction industry.
 UKAS accreditations
In October 2018, the BBA launched a new scheme, the Product Excellence Programme (PEP), with the aim of providing enhanced assurance to designers, specifiers and clients regarding construction products and building solutions. The scheme has been introduced in response to heightened quality concerns post-Grenfell Tower.
At present, BBA management systems auditors visit client manufacturing facilities on a six-monthly basis to ensure compliance with the agreed quality plan relating to BBA-certified products. Under the new PEP scheme, a product testing regime is introduced:
- Complexity 1 products: Those which possess fire or structural type characteristics – will be tested annually.
- Complexity 2 products: Those which do not possess fire or structural type characteristics – will be tested every three years.
The BBA will randomly select products of both complexities for testing during audits, and if the agreed specifications are not met they will be subject to immediate further investigation. Any companies that are not able to address the failure source will face having their BBA certificate withdrawn.
Existing BBA certificate-holders are to be enrolled onto PEP automatically, and certificates are to include information about PEP compliance in the future.
Brian Moore, BBA deputy CEO, said:
“PEP is an enhancement to the proven audit and inspection service that the BBA has provided for many years, bringing additional rigour and excellence to the process. Post-Grenfell, consumers are looking for a higher degree of reassurance and expect products to be tested regularly by a trustworthy and externally assessed independent body such as the BBA, which is UKAS accredited.”
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki.
- Agrément certificate.
- British standards.
- CE marking.
- Construction products regulations.
- European Technical Approval.
- International Organisation for Standardisation.
- Manufacturer’s certificate.
- Publicly available specification.
- Third party accreditation.
 External references
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