Guidelines for Fire Risk Assessments. Two guidelines in English exist to help the user of fire risk assessments: NFPA 551, Guide for the Evaluation of Fire Risk Assessments, and CFPA Europe Guideline n° 4 "Introduction to Qualitative Fire Risk assessment", issued in 2006. The European fire protection associations have decided to produce common guidelines in order to achieve similar interpretation in the European countries and to give example of acceptable solutions, concepts and models. The guidelines reflect best practice developed by the countries of CFPA Europe. Guideline n° 4:2003 "Introduction to Qualitative Fire Risk Assessment" gives more information on this subject, and can be downloaded here   The NFPA 551 guide is intended to provide assistance, primarily to authorities having jurisdiction (AHJs), in evaluating the appropriateness and execution of a fire risk assessment (FRA) for a given fire safety problem. While this guide primarily addresses regulatory officials, it also is intended for others who review FRAs, such as insurance company representatives and building owners. The CFPA Guideline n°4 is mainly oriented towards safety in a workplace both for staff and visitors.   To confuse the reader, both documents have different definitions for hazard, risk, exposure, etc. To make the confusion even larger in the United Kingdom, a different type of fire risk assessment is imposed since 2006 for non-domestic premises by the Fire Regulatory Reform Order and the Fire (Scotland) Act. The obligation basically requires a list of existing fire related hazards and a code compliance check. The websites of the numerous British companies which offer this kind of service are a nuisance for anybody who searches the internet for more elaborate fire risk assessment tools. Luckily, you might have found the "FRAME" website too. The French INRS has published a number of documents on the subject which follow basically the same checklist + code compliance approach as the British. In Germany, the VFDB (the German Fire Protection Association) has published a 243 pages "Leitfaden Ingenieurmethoden des Brandschutzes", in which chapter 10 "Risikomodelle und Sicherheitsbetrachtungen" is based on the FiRE-tECH WG6 report. In Italy, Luca Fiorentini published his book  " La valutazione dei rischi di incendio", on fire risk asessment, describing the various existing methods including FRAME.  see