Fire, security and telecare certification specialist the Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board (SSAIB) is celebrating the fact that the organisation has become the first certification body to gain UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) accreditation against British Standard 102000 for Investigative Services.
The news follows on from the SSAIB’s work on pilot assessments with a number of companies working in this field which duly formed part of its UKAS assessment.
BS 102000’s recommendations cover areas including conduct, management, staffing and operational accountability when providing investigative services which can be used by buyers/customers in making their specification decisions.
“We’ve been waiting a long time to gain this additional accreditation, and I’m delighted that all of our preparations and efforts have now reached fruition,” enthused the SSAIB’s Manned Services scheme manager Stephen Grieve, who’ll be managing the new Investigative Services scheme.
“This is a new sector for us and I’m looking forward to extending our reputation for offering a high level of certification services and customer support in other market areas to the investigations community.”
The Association of British Investigators (ABI) acknowledges that the SSAIB has been at the forefront of offering certification against this new British Standard to its numerous members. Indeed, several have taken an early opportunity to achieve the certification.
ABI president Tony Imossi told Risk UK: “BS 102000 sets out the various areas of work ordinarily covered by a professional investigator for the commercial, domestic and professional markets. Certification by a UKAS-accredited auditor such as the SSAIB really is the ultimate verified quality assurance available in the investigations sector.”
Regulation of private investigators
In 2013, the Government announced its intention to regulate private investigation activities and BS 102000 was duly developed to help providers of investigative services demonstrate their accountability.
The Home Office recently declared that it expects the statutory licensing of private investigation services to come into force as soon as possible during the next Parliamentary session (which begins in May this year).
Founded in 1994 and based in Tyne & Wear, the SSAIB offers certification for organisations providing electronic security systems, guarding security services, fire protection, alarm and telecare services systems in the UK and the Republic of Ireland.
In addition to its product schemes, the SSAIB offers a range of management systems certification schemes, among them ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems certification and ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems certification.
Over 1,500 companies are presently listed on the SSAIB’s register.