Video Surveillance Systems (CCTV) Guidance

Video Surveillance Systems (VSS) have 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.

Note: The section was renamed in 2018 - any publications or guidance produced before this time refers to CCTV and not VSS.


Maintenance of Video Surveillance Systems (VSS) – code of practice


This code of practice provides recommendations for the maintenance of video surveillance systems used in security applications. It has been utilised by many organisations to implement a maintenance programme to video surveillance systems installed in accordance with recognised standards.

Form 203
Form 205
(Only available as hardcopy)
Integrated Security Management Systems Guide
VSS Handbook and Logbook for Installed Surveillance Systems


This handbook has been designed to accompany the installation of any video surveillance system. It contains guidance for customers on the management of their system.

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 Form 262

Form 299
An introduction to video content analysis – industry guide
The benefits of IP in CCTV 


This publication has now been archived. If you would like to receive a copy please email the Technical Team.

Form 303
Form 334
Form 342
A guide to the summary of the changes between BS 8418:2010 and BS 8418:2015
This publication has now been archived. If you would like to receive a copy please email the Technical Team.
A guide to the changes of Amendment 1 of BS 8418 – 2015

Installation of safety and security systems: Cybersecurity code of practice


This code of practice does not purport to include all the necessary provisions of a contract.


Automated Facial Recognition: A guide to ethical and legal usage