Third-party certification is increasingly used as a “passport to trade” across the world as it provides both reassurance to specifiers in the products they select and confidence in the ongoing competency of those manufacturing, inspecting, installing, maintaining and repairing the products they are responsible for..

Element’s market leading team of certification experts, BM TRADA, are a UKAS accredited certification body (No. 0012) that operates both in the UK and also internationally across the globe.

With over 40 years’ experience, we offer a comprehensive range of third party certification schemes and training courses to those working in the construction industry. Our laboratories provide UKAS accredited certification to all the major management systems standards (including, ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 50001, OHSAS 18001, ISO 27001, ISO 22000) as well as chain of custody and sustainable supply chain certification, product and service certification and CE marking.

The schemes BM TRADA offer - Q-Mark, FIRA Gold, Certifire, Certisecure, FIRAS and FRACS - provide greater confidence to individuals responsible for specifying performance critical products in both the private and public sector, particularly in the areas of healthcare, education, local authorities and transportation.

Our certification services include:


*denotes non-accredited certification scheme


Being able to demonstrate that you are certified to any of the above standards brings significant benefits to your business:

  • Financial – certification helps to optimise operations, reducing waste and improving efficiency and productivity, resulting in improvements in profitability

  • Protects your business – it contributes to protecting your business against risk and possible financial loss or penalties

  • Enhanced customer satisfaction – it improves quality, enhances customer satisfaction and increases sales

  • Access to new markets – certification can be vital to winning new customers and in some cases retaining existing customers. It is sometimes seen as a ‘passport to trade’

  • Increased market share – certification increases productivity and competitive advantage


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