The British Woodworking Federation Group

About the BWF Stair Scheme

The BWF Stair Scheme exists to promote the principle that stair safety depends on the quality of design, specification and installation. As the only accreditation scheme of its kind in the UK, the Scheme’s vision is a safe, compliant stairs market. All members demonstrate accreditation through use of the BWF Stair Scheme badge.

Ranging from Domestic to General Access, the standard expected of the manufacturers for their stairs is high with a drive to improve quality and safety in use, supported by the Scheme Design Guides, a documented factory production control system and adherence to the core principles and values laid down in the BWF Code of Conduct.

All companies within the scheme are regularly audited to ensure they meet these high standards. Through its technical sub-committee and consulting with the wider membership, the scheme is redefining information and standards in the marketplace. BWF Stair Scheme provides marketing support directly to members and actively promotes the scheme in the marketplace through the website, scheme resources and seminars. The BWF Stair Scheme meets three times a year (in addition to the various sub groups) to bring manufacturers together to debate common problems and find effective solutions.

Please note:

Membership of the BWF Stair Scheme is open to timber stair manufacturers and/or suppliers of components to the stair manufacturing sector. You must be a fully paid member of the British Woodworking Federation to apply for membership of the Stair Scheme.

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The BWF does not offer any guarantee on a member’s work and cannot accept responsibility for any works undertaken by members of the scheme.

If a problem arises we do operate a dispute resolution process and details can be provided via

It is recognised that a manufacturer is only responsible (unless otherwise stated) for the product provided and for the advice and product design (as appropriate). The manufacturer cannot be held liable where the stair is installed poorly by a third party, or a henceforth unknown, or where a subsequent decision by an external party could render the installation incompliant with current regulations.

The BWF Stair Scheme does not accredit installation, however, to support the supply chain guidance is available in the installation of staircases guide.