Video Surveillance Systems (CCTV) Guidance

VSS has had a profound impact on crime prevention and detection, and is never out of the news for long. The UK leads the way inthe application of VSS and its use is wide-ranging, encompassing facial-recognition technology, remote video monitoring, video smoke detection, mobile systems and Automatic Number Plate Recognition as well as many other functions.

In order to provide guidance and simplification in the complex area of VSS, the BSIA is very active in the European standards arena and also develops its own guides and codes of practice where currently standards do not exist. It is essential that satisfactory standards are in place to cover the installation, maintenance and operation of equipment. Rapid technological development renders this complex, with a need for standards work to be timely.

Significant improvements have been made in recent years in terms of image quality and the sector is moving towards digital and networked systems as technology progresses. The section encourages debate on new developments and concerns, such as digital video evidence and facilitating communication protocols between different manufacturers’ products. In doing so it seeks to ensure that all stakeholder interests are represented including: security companies, users, the Police, inspectorates and insurers. The section also works with Government on these issues.

VSS must be operated responsibly in order to respect citizens’ rights and maintain public confidence. Laws such as the Data Protection Act have an important role to play in achieving this. BSIA VSS companies drive best practice in this area and can provide advice on how VSS users can adhere to the relevant legislation.

Planning, Installation & Maintenance of CCTV Systems – code of practice

Guidelines to assist specifiers, installers, users, insurance companies and police in selecting the level of security equipment best suited to a particular risk.

Form 110
(Members Only)
Summary of the changes between BS 8418:2003 and BS 8418:2010 – a guide 

BS8418 underwent a revision in 2010. This revision includes some more detailed requirements and recommendations in the area of design, installation, commissioning and system integrity.
This guide will give an easy clause by clause basis of the changes made.

Maintenance of CCTV Surveillance Systems – code of practice

This code of practice provides recommendations for the maintenance of CCTV surveillance systems used in all security applications. It should be used to supplement CCTV surveillance systems installed and maintained in accordance with published standards.

BS 8418 Systems – a basic guide for Installers (Issue 2 – Dec 2010)

Issued in April 2017, giving guidance on the code of practice for installation and remote monitoring of detector activated CCTV Systems

User Guide to a BS 8418 Detector Activated Remotely Monitored CCTV System (May 2016)


This guide gives an insight into the benefits of a remotely monitored detector activated CCTV system and highlights the considerations that should be made prior to a purchase.

CCTV Privacy Masking Guide

A guide to privacy masking for CCTV systems to assist end-users to comply with relevant FOC Order Ref: 197 legal requirements.

CCTV Chip and PIN guide 

This guide offers guidelines to retailers and installers as to how a CCTV system should be used in conjunction with Chip and PIN terminals.

Form 205
(Only available as hardcopy)
CCTV Systems Handbook and Logbook for Installed Surveillance Systems

This handbook has been designed to accompany the installation of any CCTV surveillance system. It contains guidance for customers on the management of their system.
Minimum order 50 copies - £83.40 (Members) / £90.00 (Non members) inc VAT.
Price on application for larger orders. Overprinting with company name/logo available for orders over 250.

Guidance for customers about grading and other important matters

This guide is intended to help purchasers of CCTV systems understand the implications of the BS EN 62676 series of standards introduced for CCTV from 2014.

Graded requirements under BS EN 62676 Standards for CCTV 

A technical guide for installers and specifiers. This guide, developed with industry partners, gives a technical explanation of the way CCTV systems can be graded under the BS EN 62676 series of standards. It is intended for installers, integrators and specifiers. The guide explains how grading works and how its use can be documented.