The Security Industry Authority and ISO 9001. The New Requirements Explained

Dec 2, 2013 | general, ISO 9001, Quality Management System |

A recent publication by the Security Industry Authority reports how they are working with the Home Office to reform regulations and introduce business regulation into the industry in the continuing moves to remove rogue operators and deliver better value regulation.

The proposals are defined in the SIA document “Get Licensed, SIA Licensing Criteria” released in April 2013, and although not formally approved and accepted by the government it is unlikely that the majority, if not all suggestions will be accepted and become legal requirements.

A significant requirement detailed within the proposal is for companies to gain ISO 9001 certification from a UKAS accredited certification body, a move that has been used in many other industries to drive change management and regulation.

Implementation of ISO 9001 can be a lengthy process for those who are not familiar with its requirements and the interpretation of the “ISO” speak its written in. Back in the 90’s huge folders were hurriedly compiled and presented for assessment in many industries where smaller and more concise documents would have met the requirements, had their authors been sufficiently knowledgeable about the standard and its requirements.

At ISO Consultants we’ve been involved with ISO Certification since the early 90’s. Our founding consultant has been an Internationally Recognised Lead Auditor since 1993. He’s led thousands of audits, and written systems for around 100 companies covering a wide range of industries, including the MOD and security related businesses.
We believe in concise, pragmatic Quality Systems based on the established business methods of our client companies. We specialise in working with small companies where efficiency and a focus on ensuring customers are satisfied is essential for survival.

If you are a Security Contractor faced with the Security Industry Authority (SIA)’s demand to gain the ISO 9001 Quality Management Standard certification quickly and efficiently, then give us a ring. We can probably save you a lot of time, and get you through the certification process with the minimum of fuss, allowing you to get on with growing your business.

Written by Colin Brown of ISO Consultants

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