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.”
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: www.nsi.org.uk to locate NSI approved companies around the UK