First Gold Certificates of Approval for Investigative Services to BS 102000: 2013 issued by NSI

The inaugural Gold Certificates of Approval for Investigative Services to British Standard BS 102000: 2013 have been bestowed by the National Security Inspectorate

The inaugural Gold Certificates of Approval for Investigative Services to British Standard BS 102000: 2013 have been bestowed by the National Security Inspectorate

The R-ISC Investigation & Surveillance Company, Global Options and Esoteric are the first three security companies to obtain National Security Inspectorate (NSI) certification to BS 102000:2013, now part of the NSI Gold approval – the “industry hallmark for integrity, professionalism and competence”.

Having had its own dedicated Code of Practice (namely NCP 103) accredited by UKAS for many years, the NSI boasts a lengthy and proud history of working with companies dedicated to providing investigative services (and particularly s0 in the area of anti-fraud investigations relating to personal injury claims).

Indeed, the NSI participated in the BSI Working Group that produced the new British Standard, with many elements of its NCP 103 being drafted into BS 102000:2013 Code of Practice for the Provision of Investigative Services.

The Inspectorate is “delighted” that the new British Standard effectively supercedes NCP 103 for “progressive businesses” operating in this field.

With UKAS accreditation for the British Standard, the NSI is best placed to help organisations who work in this sector prove their integrity and competence to their clients.

Even greater assurances for customers

Sam Greer, managing director at R-ISC Investigation & Surveillance Company, commented: “R-ISC has always promoted the value of certification by the NSI and, since taking sole ownership of the company in 2007, I have personally extolled the Inspectorate’s virtues on numerous occasions. This accreditation to BS 102000 can only add benefit to our services and provide even greater assurance for our customers.”

Steve Cook – director of operations for the UK and the Republic of Ireland at Global Options – added: “Having been approved by the NSI since 2006, I’ve always been an advocate of standards for my company and for this industry. I welcomed the publication of BS 102000. Further, this accreditation for the NSI affords formal recognition for certification to the British Standard which now provides a quality benchmark for our customers.”

Emma Shaw CSyP, immediate past chairman of The Security Institute and managing director of Estoteric (the specialist counter-surveillance and investigative services company) told Risk UK: “We’re proud to have received the BS 102000 certification which is in recognition of our commitment to working to the very highest standards of service.”

Emma Shaw CSyP: Managing Director of Esoteric

Emma Shaw CSyP: Managing Director of Esoteric

Commenting on behalf of the NSI, Kay Aitkin (the organisation’s service delivery director) stated: “The NSI has been working with organisations across the investigative services sector for many years now. Those who achieve NSI approval for this British Standard will be sending a clear message to their clients about their integrity, professionalism and competence by dint of committing to independent verification of their compliance against BS 102000: 2013. Customers who contract the services of NSI Gold approved companies can be assured of solutions delivered to the highest standards by businesses wholly committed to quality.”

Organisations providing investigative services who are interested in becoming NSI approved to BS 102000:2013 should contact Julie Sumner at the NSI on (telephone) 01628 764838 for further information.

About the National Security Inspectorate

NSI Gold approved companies are recognised as leaders in the delivery of security and fire safety services to businesses in the UK and Eire.

The NSI operates a national network of full-time qualified specialist auditors in the security and fire sectors, carrying out something in the region of 4,000 robust audits per year of the UK’s 1,800 premier security guarding, security systems and fire safety solutions providers.

NSI auditors verify an organisation’s compliance with the relevant British and European Standards and Codes of Practice.

Guarding, security and fire safety organisations duly approved by the NSI carry the NSI hallmark – demonstrating to customers their integrity in providing services with the highest levels of professionalism and competence as well as their openness to independent scrutiny by the NSI.

*Visit the NSI website at: to locate NSI approved companies around the UK

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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