SASFA Accreditation scheme for light steel frame building systems


The objective of this Accreditation Scheme is to provide prospective users of steel frames or steel framed buildings an opportunity to identify companies and light steel frame systems that have been assessed for quality and were found, at the time of the audit of the company, its processes and its products, to meet the standards set by the light steel frame building industry.

The Scheme is also intended to provide manufacturers and erectors of light steel frame building systems, as well as the builders of buildings which incorporate light steel frames, a facility for the technical assessment of their systems, procedures and work against the requirements of the SASFA Light Steel Frame Building Standardcode of practice governing such buildings, the National Building Regulations, and what is accepted in the industry as constituting good practice.


In this document the following definitions shall apply:

A ‘Person’ can be a company, partnership or individual

A ‘Manufacturer’ is a Person which profiles and assembles the light steel building frames according to a registered system.

An ‘Erector’ is a Person responsible for erecting the steel frames and/or trusses on site.

A ‘Builder’ is a Person which carries responsibility for the completion of the shell of the building, including roof, ceilings, walls and floors,

An ‘Assessor’ is an individual appointed by SASFA to scrutinise whatever is submitted for accreditation and to report his/her findings.

Accreditation can be granted on one or more of four levels or stages under this Scheme:

Stage 1: The Building System comprising the concept and design of the steel frames, and/or of structural elements such as roof trusses, as well as specifications for fasteners, bracketry and connections.

Stage 2: Structural design, layout and detail drawings, Pproduction and assembly of the steel frames or structural elements.

Stage 3: Erection and fixing of the steel frame (including trusses) on prepared foundations or supports.

Stage 4: Completion of those aspects of the shell of the building that are peculiar to steel framed buildings, or that affect or are affected by the steel frame, particularly the roof and wall cladding, insulation, floors and ceilings.

A Person can apply for accreditation on any stage, provided that:

For Stage 2 accreditation, the Building System relevant steel frame or structural elements carry a valid Accreditation Certificate for their concept and design,

For Stage 3 accreditation, both the Building System relevant steel frame or structural elements and the Person responsible for their production and assembly carry valid Certificates,

For Stage 4 accreditation, the Building System, relevant steel frame or structural elements, the Person responsible for their production and assembly, and the Person responsible for the erection of the frame all carry valid Certificates,

A Person may apply for only certain structural elements, such as trusses, to be accredited.

Accreditation is granted to an applicant by SASFA on the basis of the findings and recommendations of the appointedrelevant Assessors after they have studied the information and evidence made available to them. It is the responsibility of the accredited Person to maintain a satisfactory level of quality. If, after accreditation is granted to a person, substantiated reports are received that indicate a decline in the Person’s quality standards, a follow-up audit may be carried out, and the accreditation of the Person may be withdrawn, depending on the outcome of the audit.

Accreditation can be granted for one or more stages, and the numbering sequence does not indicate or imply that any particular stage or level is in some way superior to another.

Accreditation confirms that the system, process or business was found, after thoroughclose inspection by appropriately experienced and qualified Assessors, to meet, at the time of the inspection, the technical requirements for ensuring that any building in which a steel frame or structural component is used will perform adequately in all respects, to the extent that its performance depends on the accredited system or Person, and that the Person’s business has the necessary systems in place to provide the Assessors with an acceptable reasonable level of confidence that the quality and standards will be maintained.

SASFA may grant partial, temporary, or provisional accreditation.

Accreditation is evidenced by an Accreditation Certificate (‘Certificate’) issued in the form prescribed by SASFA.

The nature of any particular accreditation, as well as its scope and the limitations that apply to it will be stated on the accreditation certificate.

Accreditation of any Person does not imply any approval of the business practices or financial status of the accredited Person. However, members of SASFA, as signatories to the SASFA Code of Ethical Conduct, will be held to the provisions of the Code. provisions.


The accreditation shall be valid for a maximum period of 3 years after which time the accredited Person has to apply for re-accreditation, or the validity of the accreditation will lapse.

SASFA retains the right, after due process, to suspend or withdraw accreditation and to cancel the certificate in the event that:

the accredited Person is placed in liquidation or commits an act of insolvency;

the accredited Person’s membership of SASFA is terminated for any reason;

SASFA advises the accredited Person that complaints have been received and these are not attended to either at all or to the satisfaction of SASFA;

SASFA notifies the accredited Person that heit is alledged to engage in business practices that tend to bring SASFA into disrepute and thereafter it does not receive a satisfactory response to the allegation;

The accredited Person does not adhere to the SASFA Code of Ethical Conduct despite demand made by SASFA for such compliance.

Re-accreditation is required as determined under 5. below, and it is found that the Person or system no longer meets the required standards for accreditation.

If accreditation is withdrawn or suspended the accreditation certificate shall be returned to SASFA.


Any accredited Person may claim to be ‘ACCREDITED BY SASFA’ (or words to the same effect) with respect to itself or its products or the products of another Person used or incorporated in its buildings, provided that such claims may not be misleading or inaccurate.

The Accredited Person may display the Certificate and show or refer to it as desired.

During the 3 year period that a Certificate is valid an accredited Person shall notify SASFA of any proposed revisions to the system(s) or procedures or any change in key personnel and SASFA shall determine the effect on existing accreditations. Where revisions are significant enough (as determined by SASFA in its discretion), re-accreditation may be required, on a limited or comprehensive basis.

Any accredited Person must at all times ensure that the quality of design, materials and workmanship of their product does not during the period of validity of the Certificate slip below that which applied at the time of the audit, and act in accordance with the requirements of the SASFA Code of Ethical Conduct.


An applicant must make a formal application on the appropriate forms and must supply SASFA with all the information requested on the forms, as well as any additional information the applicant may deem relevant. In submitting an application for accreditation, the applicant undertakes to:

provide SASFA’s Assessor(s) full access to all the information, documentation, personnel, equipment and spaces the assessors require to see or interview,

do such demonstrations as the assessors may request,

proceed with work as normal, or

do whatever else (within reasonable limits) the Assessors may require to form an opinion of the system(s), the work or the business.


The assessment process is set out in Appendix B.

SASFA will acknowledge receipt of any application for accreditation, and will appoint the Assessors. The Assessors will study the documentation submitted with the application, and inform the applicant of any additional information that may be required, and the process will only continue once such information has been obtained.

If it is found on the basis of the information submitted that the system or Person cannot be accredited, the applicant will be informed accordingly, and a report detailing the shortcomings will be provided.

SASFA or its Assessors willmay inform the applicant as to which improvements or amendments need to be made before the accreditation process can continue.

After receipt of an application SASFA will instruct its Assessors to make a first assessment based on the application documents to determine if they are satisfied that an inspection is warranted, SASFA will make an appointment for the Assessors to visit the applicant to do their on-site assessment. From that point onward the assessment process will proceed by mutual agreement between the applicant and the Assessors.

The Assessors may provide the applicant with guidance with respect to amendments or improvements that may facilitate accreditation.

The Assessors will prepare a report on their findings, which will be submitted to SASFA. SASFA may issue the Accreditation Certificate, or withhold it temporaly pending fufillment of detailed requirements, or refuse the application. In the latter two cases SASFA will inform the applicant in writing of finalisation requirements or reasons for refusal of the application, as the case may be.

In the event of the applicant not being satisfied with the findings of the Assessors, an appeal may be lodged with the SASFA Steering Committee, who will decide on appropriate steps to address the disagreement.

Guidance to Assessors and prospective applicants relating specifically to the assessment of the concept and design of light steel frame systems is given in Appendix A.

The Assessors will have the right to consider any relevant information from any source in assessing an application.


All applicants for accreditation in terms of this Accreditation Scheme acknowledge that SASFA does not accept any liability howsoever it may arise:

as a result of issuing the Certificate in conformity with the Accreditation Scheme, and

in conferring accreditation status on the member, and an accredited Person, by requesting the issue of a Certificate, indemnifies SASFA and holds it harmless against any claims of whatever nature ,may be made against it with regard to the accreditation process, or the use the Person makes of the Certificate or its/his/her claims to accreditation. Any Certificate granted is issued strictly subject to this condition.

SASFA shall be fully indemnified by the accredited Person, who is the holder of the Certificate, against all costs, charges, expenses, loss or damages and liabilities howsoever incurred in relation such Person’s use of or participation in the Accreditation Scheme insofar as the same is attributable (whether directly or indirectly) to any act or omission of the accredited Person or its servants, agents, employees or assigns. The indemnity shall form part of the application documents referred to in 5. above and must be acknowledged and accepted by the applicant by his signature on the relevant form.

The issuing of the accreditation certificate shall be dependent on the required indemnity being in place.

SASFA makes no warranties or representations about any accredited systems, procedures, accredited Persons or their suppliers save as set out in the Accreditation Certificate. The Person granted an Accreditation Certificate in terms hereof undertakes to inform and advise its customers and business interests that SASFA limits its warranties or representations as aforesaid.


SASFA and its Assessors undertake not to disclose any information they may acquire concerning any Person that has been assessed for accreditation, or about its systems, except for the following:

The fact that the Person has applied for accreditation.

Whether or not any assessment was done.

Whether or not accreditation was granted, and the nature of it.

The contents of the accreditation certificate.

The reasons for not granting accreditation or granting only a limited form of accreditation may not be disclosed to anybody other than the contact person listed on the application form for accreditation and his/her superiors in the applicant’s business.

SASFA is free to publish a list of accredited companies and/or systems, and the nature of such accreditation.


This appendix is intended to give guidance to Assessors responsible for assessing whether the light steel frame systems or structural elements meet all the relevant requirements in terms of their concept and design.

Download appendix A here


This appendix defines the process to be followed in auditing any company or system on any stage.

Download appendix B here


Application form: Stage 1

The LSFB System (Where applicable, documentation should be attached to the application form, and a clear reference to the attached documentation must be given on the application form.)

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Application form: Stage 2

Manufacturer (Where applicable, documentation should be attached to the application form, and a clear reference to the attached documentation must be given on the application form.)

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Application form: Stage 3

Steel Frame Erector (Where applicable, documentation should be attached to the application form, and a clear reference to the attached documentation must be given on the application form.)

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Application form: Stage 4

Builder of LSF Buildings (Where applicable, documentation should be attached to the application form, and a clear reference to the attached documentation must be given on the application form.)

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