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ASIS issues revised standard for private security company conformity assessment

by Brian Sims

ASIS International, the association for security management professionals, has released its new standard ‘Conformity, Assessment and Auditing Management Systems for the Quality of Private Security Company Operations’ (ANSI/ASIS PSC.2-2019). This standard, which is a revision of the ANSI/ASIS PSC.2-2012 edition, provides requirements and guidance for conducting conformity assessment and auditing of the ANSI/ASIS PSC.1-2012 standard entitled ‘Management Systems for the Quality of Private Security Company Operations – Requirements with Guidance’.

Private security service providers, including private security companies, play an important role in protecting those clients engaged in relief, recovery and reconstruction efforts, commercial business operations, diplomacy and military activity.

This ASIS document is intended for use by bodies that carry out audit, conformity assessment and certification of quality assurance management systems. It provides assurance that a private security company has implemented a system based on industry Best Practice while taking account of legal obligations and respect for Human Rights.

“Demonstrated adherence to the ANSI/ASIS PSC.1-2012 (R2017) document serves as a differentiator for private security companies that can provide quality services, manage risk and respect Human Rights when operating in circumstances where governance and the rule of law have been undermined by conflict or disaster,” explained Dr Rebecca DeWinter-Schmitt, chair of the ASIS PSC.2 Committee.

In its role as an accredited standards developing organisation, ASIS International develops standards and guidelines to serve the needs of security practitioners in today’s global environment. It’s recognised globally through its Category A Liaison status in the International Organisation for Standardisation’s Risk Management and Security and Resilience Technical Committees. Current projects under development focus on workplace violence prevention and intervention, active assailant and security awareness.

*ASIS members are entitled to free digital access when it comes to each ASIS standard and set of guidelines. View published standards and guidelines at www.asisonline.org/Standards

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