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ARPAS-UK and the NFRC Improving Safety in the Roofing Industry

A formal memorandum of understanding, the culmination of a year’s work, has been agreed between ARPAS-UK and the UK’s National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC).

In recent years, ARPAS-UK and the NFRC have seen the use of remotely piloted aircraft systems (colloquially known as drones) grow rapidly across the construction industry.

ARPAS-UK and NFRC believe that drones can be used effectively within the roofing industry
and that such use can help to make that industry safer.

ARPAS-UK and the NFRC have therefore entered into a partnership to ensure the use of drone technology in the roofing industry is safe and legal. The two organisations have agreed on an exclusive arrangement whereby ARPAS-UK provides a support package to NFRC, including production of a guidance document for NFRC members, and NFRC will promote ARPAS-UK member services to its membership. It is anticipated that the relationship between ARPAS-UK and NFRC will continue to strengthen as the two organisations work together.

The two trade associations believe that this collaboration will assist in safe and professional operations and growth of both industries and provide benefits to its respective members, the construction industry and the general public.


ARPAS-UK is the UK’s not for profit professional body and trade association, representing the breadth of the drone industry, promoting safe and best practice and sector growth. On behalf of its members, ARPAS-UK works closely with the UK and European industry regulators and Government departments to influence and ensure that the regulatory
framework for the safe and professional operation of remotely piloted aircraft is fit for purpose and encourages best practice. It works in the public interest, and advocates professionalism within its membership through compliance with an agreed Code of Conduct and the holding of appropriate permissions. The Association takes progressive stances on national issues to embed the RPAS profession in all end-user industries, to enable it to
continue to grow in reputation and influence.

Welcome to ARPAS-UK, the collective voice for the UK Drone industry.

With a history spanning 125 years, The National Federation of Roofing Contractors Limited (NFRC) is the UK’s largest roofing trade association, establishing itself as the voice of the roofing industry.

Constantly adapting to change and innovation to ensure its members are at the forefront, NFRC actively ensures that all members offer high standards of workmanship and sound business practice through a strict code of practice and vetting procedure, including site inspections and adhering to the Government endorsed standards. The federation also offers training services, technical advice and represents member interests to the wider
the construction industry and Government.

Proud hosts of the UK Roofing Awards, NFRC have played an important role in establishing this award scheme as a staple in the industry which highlights outstanding standards of workmanship and safety.

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