Accreditation to ISO 9001:2015 confirmed for National Security Inspectorate by UKAS

The National Security Inspectorate (NSI) has confirmed its accreditation for ISO 9001:2015 – the latest version of the well-known Quality Management Systems standard – by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS). This means that, with immediate effect, the NSI is enabled to issue approvals to this latest standard.

All of the NSI’s Gold schemes now include the latest version of the ISO 9001 standard. Organisations in the process of applying to the NSI for one of its Gold approval schemes, or awaiting their three-yearly re-certification, can benefit from the NSI’s latest accreditation and be audited against the latest standard by any one of the NSI’s fully-trained team of in-house auditors.

NSI Gold approved companies who are leading the way and have made the transition include:

*Alarming UK Ltd (Dereham)

*Briar Security Systems Ltd (Cambridge)

*Black Box Security Alarm Systems Ltd (Chorley)

*CoventBridge (Europe) Ltd (Newbury)

*East Midlands Central Station Ltd (EMCS) (Nottingham)

*The Kirby Group (Sheffield)

*Nu Fire & Security Ltd (Ashton-under-Lyne)

*Oakpark Alarms Security Services Ltd (Winslow)

*Omni Security Services Ltd (Huntingdon)

Kay Aitkin, service delivery director at the NSI, informed Risk UK: “We’re very pleased to be the first specialist security certification body to receive accreditation to ISO 9001:2015. Our auditors are fully-trained and able to conduct transition audits. Any company wishing to make the transition should contact their auditor as soon as possible. Many congratulations to the NSI’s approved companies who are among the first to obtain approval to the new standard and complete the transition from the previous 2008 version.”

Richard Jenkins: CEO at the NSI

Richard Jenkins: CEO at the NSI

Briar Security Systems, an NSI NACOSS Gold approved company, is one of the first NSI approved companies to have gone through the 2008 to 2015 ISO 9001 transition process. Stephen Cook, the company’s managing director, commented: “When a new standard emerges, some companies see it as a burden while others embrace it. If I could give one piece of advice to the smaller companies out there that operate an ISO 9001 quality manual it would be to grab this new ISO 9001-2015 standard with both hands and make it do the work for your company rather than the company do the work for the standard.”

Cook continued: “It’s a great opportunity to stand back, look at how your company operates, examine how things can be done more efficiently, rationalise operating procedures and give clarity of thought to the whole process.”

Richard Jenkins, CEO at the NSI, commented: “We’re delighted to have received confirmation from UKAS that our internal processes, training and audit delivery in the field are demonstrably up to the mark. We are very much ‘v2015 ready’ in every respect. It’s tremendously important to us that the certification service we provide to the UK’s finest security and fire safety companies leads the way in delivering the latest standards and approvals.”

Jenkins added: “The evidence to date is that NSI approved companies who have been the early adopters in this transition have already seen how the latest standard can help them in their own process of continual improvement in terms of better serving their customers.”

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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