FPA Membership

RISCAuthority Membership

RISCAuthority is an annually funded research scheme administered by the FPA and supported by a significant group of UK insurers. We publish extensive guides and recommendations for risk management in the areas of fire and security. Our core purpose is to continually raise resilience standards within the business community. As a RISCAuthority member, your organisation has access to the wide range of resources detailed below.


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Download our RISCAuthority membership brochure here.


Our ‘big data’ models assist members and their customers to understand the UK better from a risk perspective and support our substantial lobbying efforts. Core data sets and derivative tools can be supplied to members for embedding within your IT systems.

  • The Fire and Flood Database allows members to view current and emerging trends in fire losses and benchmark their own claims experience against the industry with real-time statistical analysis
  • The INFORMER Database reconciles approximately 700 risk control appropriate factors to each and every one of the UK’s 1.8 million postcodes to assist members remotely understand geographical risks
  • Fire and Rescue Service Response Modelling is a state-of-the-art interactive mapping tool which, with the support of UK fire and rescue services, accurately describes appliance arrival at any UK postcode for each hour of the day and day of the week
  • The Business and Property Protection Portal utilises all of our business and geographical data resources to automatically and intelligently ascribe the extensive RISCAuthority library, and other valuable unbiased, quality and free resources
  • Automatic Fire Alarm Analysis offers essential knowledge of local policy for both underwriting and risk control provision purposes
  • ROBUST Business Continuity Software is a free business continuity planning software toolkit designed specifically to help SMEs produce an effective plan and recovery strategy in the event of a disruptive incident
  • The INFORMER Geographic Information System (GIS) provides map-based visual access to the datasets that sit behind the INFORMER database, enabling deeper interrogation of the core data
  • The Supply Chain Risk Management Toolkit helps companies of all types and sizes identify their most critical suppliers, so effort can be focused on managing those suppliers that have the biggest impact to the business.
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Standards and Guides

Our extensive document library assists the insurer, designer, architect, owner and end-user embed resilient measures into their businesses and process operations.

Our document library includes:

  • Insurer property protection guides offering the construction design community technical guidance about how to protect commercial buildings from fire with a view to improving overall business resilience
  • Business sector risk review reports highlighting the claims loss history for particular business sectors
  • Need to know guides describing every geographical risk trigger, statistical trigger, over-rider and business type delivered through the Business and Property Protection Portal
  • Risk control guides: a suite of over 60 documents that oversee and direct the development of loss prevention/risk control guidance for industrial and commercial processes and systems
  • Security guides: an expanding library of guidance documents examining current crime and security challenges and state-of-the-art security solutions
  • Building design guides describing measures that should be taken in addition to the mandated life-safety requirements, to ensure that protection of commercial property and the resilience of businesses are suitably addressed
  • Exclusive insurer insight reports covering a range of topics including modern methods of construction, fire and rescue service operations and response policy to automatic fire alarms
  • Fixed firefighting systems: guidance and questionnaires aimed at equipping users with tools to understand and improve propositions in the absence of proven standards
  • The LPC Rules for Automatic Sprinkler Installations: the UK's most significant sprinkler installation standard which incorporates the full BS EN 12845:2015+A1:2019 standard and related Technical Bulletins.
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Training and Engagement

RISCAuthority enables members to maintain a high degree of involvement and influence through:

  • Expert Advice Assistance: our multi-disciplinary technical team are on hand to offer expert advice via a helpline service on a broad spectrum of topics including fire, flood, security and legislation
  • Representing our insurer members across a range of industry platforms, sitting on committees and working groups to influence and steer the direction of government and leading establishments
  • Acting on behalf of our members to influence and undertake the development of industry guidance and standards
  • Developing and disseminating insurer advice, guidance and toolkits to the wider market
  • Entitling each member organisation to membership of the FPA, the UK’s national fire safety organisation
  • Seeking input and engagement at all levels for all projects from the wider industry
  • Training events and webinars which are CII CPD accredited
  • Entitling members to request RISCAuthority experts to deliver regular presentations to their Underwriting, Risk Control, and Surveying teams
  • Customising RISCAuthority documents and resources for with a member’s branding for both print and digital distribution
  • The Local Resilience Feedback Forum which aims to feed back locally relevant information to help members manage the risks of their customers at those flood locations
  • The FPA’s industry leading journal: Fire & Risk Management, published 10 times a year
  • Entitling members to have representation on each of the working groups, and
  • Entitling members to scope, specify and steer the scheme’s outputs.
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Member engagement is at the heart of RISCAuthority membership. We work closely with members to structure a programme that ensures maximum benefit for all. We value member participation, attendance and insight at all events.

The scheme offers a comprehensive and varied programme of events covering a wealth of topics and in formats to suit individuals and groups, recognising the value placed on face to face, live events as much as the convenience and wide appeal of regular webinars.

  • Access to the Fire Protection Association’s large scale fire testing laboratory; commonly used for insurer training, event re-enactment, client demonstration and guidance development
  • Fire Protection Association laboratory Open Days where demonstrations of emerging issues, established mitigation methods, and new technologies are given
  • The industry leading annual FIRE Conference, featuring a high calibre of speakers and the opportunity to network with key stakeholders from across the industry, in a mix of plenary and workshop style sessions and the opportunity to pose questions directly to those in authority
  • Annual RISCAuthority seminars which present invaluable opportunities for the discussion of emerging concerns and recent issues
  • Working Groups: formed of experts within the membership itself and augmented by the Fire Protection Association and externally commissioned consultants, the Working Groups cover all relevant perils from fire, flood, security, and escape of water issues
  • Webinars that seek to keep user skills current by having industry experts tackle technical and strategic issues, including an opportunity for Q&A.
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