IFE News

15 March 2021

Second Edition of the Code of Practice for Fire Investigation launches

The IFE is pleased to announce the publication of the Second Edition of the Code of Practice for Investigators of Fires and Explosions for the Justice Systems in the UK.

This Second Edition has been jointly prepared by the IFE, National Fire Chiefs Council and UK Association of Fire Investigators. Each organisation consulted its members on how the original Code had been received and implemented by the fire investigation profession, with comments used as the basis for proposed updates which were then issued for consultation again before the Code was finalised in this Second Edition. This Second Edition therefore represents the current knowledge and understanding of fire investigation practice and members are encouraged to use it. It will come into effect in April 2021.

The Code of Practice is published free of copyright; users are free to use anything contained within it. However, they are reminded of the need for any excerpted materials not to be presented or used out of context.

Compliance with this Code of Practice does not of itself confer immunity from legal obligations.

The Code of Practice has been developed to support and provide guidance to organisations and individuals engaged in the examination of fire and explosion scenes within the framework of the criminal justice systems of the UK (England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland).

The Code of Practice can be viewed here.


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