National Security Inspectorate announces successful transition to new accreditation standard

The United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) has confirmed that the National Security Inspectorate (NSI) has been successful in transitioning its accreditation to ISO 17021-1:2015 (the latest version of the accredited standard for certification bodies which specifies the ‘Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems’). This provides the framework on which the NSI operates and offers its services.

By holding this accreditation, companies approved by the NSI demonstrate their compliance with the highest industry standards and show this to be the case with approval certificates and logos that display the highly regarded UKAS ‘tick and crown’ – the recognised symbol of the highest integrity and excellence.

The NSI is working with its approved companies who are already either approved under the new regime or working towards it. One notable change is that the new ISO 17021-1:2015 prescribes ‘gaps in certification’ to be displayed on approved company certificates of approval. This draws the attention of buyers and end users of approved companies’ services to the commitment of NSI Gold approved companies who support the ethos of continual improvement and high standards in the timely renewal of their approval.

“We’re delighted to be in the vanguard of new standards and to have achieved ISO 17021-1:2015, with many NSI approved companies already working under the new regime,” said the NSI’s CEO Richard Jenkins. “We continue to issue UKAS-accredited certificates with the highly respected ‘tick and crown’ for both product certification and management systems, demonstrating the commitment of approved companies to the highest standards in protecting homes and businesses and members of the general public throughout the UK.”

NSI at IFSEC International 2017

The NSI Stand (B950) located within Installer World is a key destination for visitors to this year’s IFSEC International, which runs from 20-22 June at ExCeL in London. This new area is dedicated to the interests of installers, integrators and engineers and is where the Inspectorate can share its latest thinking on standards in the industry with the end user buyers of installation services.

The NSI team will be there in force to welcome visitors, share essential information for members of the security and fire safety community and launch this year’s Women in Security Awards, which the NSI is proud to be hosting later on in 2017.

NSI experts will also be involved in a number of specialist seminars taking place throughout the show:

*On Tuesday 20 June, Tony Weeks (head of technical services) will be taking part in a panel session designed to discuss trends in the security industry

*NSI auditor Clare Crump will be joining forces with Tony Porter QPM LLB (the Surveillance Camera Commissioner) on the morning of Wednesday 21 June for a discussion session focused on the Surveillance Camera Code of Practice

FIREX International 2017

As a leading certification body for fire safety, the NSI will also have a presence at FIREX International. The NSI’s operations manager Chris Hayes will be at the FIREX Expertise and Guidance Theatre on the morning of Thursday 22 June to guide the audience through the legal requirements expected of those responsible for fire safety within buildings and offer salient advice on how to select a competent fire risk assessor.

Supported by the NSI, the Engineers of Tomorrow competition is being held adjacent to the NSI’s Stand. The NSI’s own auditors will be adjudicating the competition over the three days of the event. This is a showcase of talent that will underpin the future of the industry.

“We’re delighted to be partnering with IFSEC International again in 2017,” explained Richard Jenkins. “IFSEC is an opportunity for our approved companies and those contemplating NSI approval to meet with and speak to our team of experts face-to-face. As the largest industry gathering of the year, it’s also a convenient way to keep up-to-date with the latest developments and technologies within the security and fire sectors. Our experts are looking forward to sharing their knowledge with visitors and conference programme delegates alike. For the buyers of installation and associated services it’s an ideal opportunity to learn about the value of working with NSI approved companies.”

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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