The Construction Fixings Association
To raise industry standards to the highest level of quality and safety in the selection and installation of safety critical fixings
"Ensuring best fixings practice".
We strive to
achieve these objectives by working with influential bodies on a
National, European and International level. We publish a wealth of best
practice guidance for all stakeholders in the form of Guidance Notes,
Sample Method Statements, FAQs, Articles, News Items and more. We
encourage best practice among distribution and testing companies by
inviting them to join as Associate Members and offer them free
training, technical support and other benefits.
We provide training courses and CPD seminars across a wide range of anchor topics to develop competence in all stakeholders to comply with BS8539:2012
The Construction Fixings Association is a Company Limited by Guarantee
(non-profit making) and is run by a Board of Directors nominated by each
of the full members. Two committees representing the full members are
responsible for Technical and Promotional activities and each includes
two members elected by Associate Members. Day to day administration of
the Association's activities is handled by the General Manager.
Chairman: Ross Forsyth
Deputy Chairman: Terry Hallahan
Commercial Manager: Andrew Thomas
Technical Manager: John Muir
Company Secretary: Andrew Thomas
Chair of Technical Committee: Mirka Valovicova
We offer Associate Membership to nominated distributors and testing
companies who meet our high standards of Customer Service, Technical
Support and Commercial Integrity.
To find an Approved Distributor who meets these high standards and can
supply products from full members go to the
Approved Distributors section where you can see a full listing, find
your nearest stockist, view their own page and go direct to their
To find an Approved Tester capable of on-site testing of anchors, safety
harness eyebolts, anchors for scaffolding and seasonal decorations and
more, all to CFA procedures, go to the
Approved Tester section.
We also work with organisations who assist us in achieving our objectives. Independent Fixing Consultants as our training partner for specialist training areas and Hydrajaws as suppliers of industry leading testing equipment.
Our members specialise in all categories of drilled construction fixings and anchor bolts including:
Expansion anchors: Torque controlled - throughbolts, wedge anchors, shield and heavy duty sleeve types,
Hammer set - drop-in socket anchors; Undercut anchors set in self-undercut and drilled undercut holes;
Bonded anchors including spin-in resin anchor capsule and injection resin cartridge systems, fast curing chemical anchor systems;
Self-tapping concrete screws; Light duty plastic and nylon fixings including wall plugs, frame fixings, hammer-in fixings, nail-in,
cavity fixings, wire hangers, toggle and plasterboard fixings; self drilling fasteners for steel, aluminium and timber substrates;
Special systems for suspended ceilings, rebar anchoring, ringbolts for scaffold ties, steeplejacking,
remedial cavity wall-ties powder actuated and gas fired fasteners for steel and concrete and more.
Covers all aspects of the use of fixings including, Selection of anchors by Partial Safety Factor approach (Concrete capacity method) according to ETAG 001, or Global Safety Factor approach; Installation of anchors with Sample Method Statements; On-site testing of anchors to ultimate load or proof load, calculating allowable loads;
Guidance Notes and
Articles cover many topics including Corrosion - oxidation, bi-metallic (galvanic), stress corrosion; Fixings and Fire; Fixings for Masonry Facades, HAVS and much more.
Sample Method Statements are provided to help installers know how the most common anchor types should be installed.
Sample Specification Formats are provided to help specifiers call up fixings so that the correct fixing will be acquired and installed to the correct parameters.
Our Training Academy
Courses provided by the CFA include Basic Anchor Technology training (two places free to Approved Distributors) and Competent Tester training (two places free to Approved Testers).
Competent Tester and Installer Courses are also available to non-CFA members at a charge.
All CFA courses provide competency compliant to BS8539:2012 and lead to certification from the CFA Academy.
In addition, courses in testing of specialist fixings, such as Scaffold Ties and Remedial Wall ties, are available on demand and are chargeable.