The SIA Business License and ISO 9001
In October 2010, the Government announced a phased transition to a new regulatory regime for the private security industry in the UK. The objective is to ensure that the new regime reduces the overall direct and indirect regulatory cost and burden on the private security industry, reduces criminality and poor business practices within the industry.
Currently, the SIA regulates the private security industry through the compulsory licensing of individuals who undertake licensable conduct, and through maintaining a voluntary Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS) for businesses. Under the new regulatory regime, the focus will shift to the mandatory licensing of private security businesses
Who does the Business License apply to?
For the purpose of the Business License, a ‘business’ is classified as any type of legal entity, including any partnership, body corporate, unincorporated association and sole trader (where applicable). Micro-businesses with 10 or fewer licensable individuals will also be included.
The SIA regulates activity under the following sectors, and as such, the Business License will consequently apply:
- The Manned guarding sector – Cash and Valuables in Transit, Close Protection, Door Supervision, Public Space Surveillance CCTV, and Security Guarding.
- Key holding.
- Immobilisation of vehicles, in Northern Ireland only (including the restriction and removal
- of vehicles).
Security businesses who wish to be involved must have a Business License in place by the 6th April 2015.
What’s required to obtain the Business License?
In order to obtain a business licence, businesses will need to pay an application fee and demonstrate that they are ‘fit and proper’ to supply security industry services in the private security industry, which will include demonstrating conformance with the relevant British Standards.
One way of demonstrating being ‘fit and proper’ is by obtaining certification to the ISO 9001 standard. Here, the SIA have stipulated that this must be from a UKAS accredited body incorporating the EAC35 code. This code shows the body has demonstrated their expertise in the security industry.
Here at the British Assessment Bureau, we have a straight-forward approach to gaining certification. The process involves an initial visit from an auditor to assess how far your company is from meeting the ISO 9001 standard’s requirements. The outcome is for you to understand exactly what is required in order to successfully achieve certification.
Once ready, your auditor will re-visit you to undertake a formal audit to ensure you meet the standard’s requirements, so you can then be recommended for certification. We have helped thousands of businesses through the process despite them having no prior knowledge. This has led us to receiving a 99% satisfaction rating from our clients.
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