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Joining the BSIA's Video Surveillance Systems (CCTV) Section

Companies wishing to join the BSIA's VSS (CCTV) Section must meet the following criteria in order to be admitted to the section: 

VSS (CCTV) Section Criteria

VSS (CCTV) Section member – Installer / maintainer 
i) A company able to demonstrate that either 90% of their turnover is derived from CCTV activities or that the turnover derived from CCTV activities is not less than £500,000.

ii) A company shall have specialised staff dealing with such installations.
iii) Companies dealing with detector activated CCTV systems that are connected to an RVRC and require a Police URN must comply with the standards stated in CCTV Standards Applicable below.

VSS (CCTV) Section member – Distributor or Supplier
A company supplying but not installing electronic CCTV equipment. A CCTV equipment manufacturer may not have 50% or more of the equity of such a company.

VSS (CCTV)  Section member – Equipment Manufacturer
A company engaged in the manufacture and/or assembly of CCTV equipment and/or having design and development facilities or full customer services/warranty facilities within the UK.

Note: Manufacturers who do not have a turnover within the European Community may only apply to become an Associate member.

VSS (CCTV) Section member – VSS (CCTV)  monitoring centre
A company which provides the management, staffing and operation to manage images from CCTV systems.

VSS (CCTV) Section member – Remote Video Response Centre (RVRC)
A company which provides the management, staffing and operation to manage a response to an activation from a detector activated CCTV system.

VSS (CCTV)  Section member – Consultancy

The company shall hold principal membership of the BSIA by membership of the Specialist Services Section.
A company offering consultancy services shall include subjects relevant to the section.
The company shall have staff with specialist knowledge of CCTV.
Additional membership shall be granted only after proposal, seconding of the potential member by existing section members followed by a vote of the section committee

VSS (CCTV) Standards Applicable


VSS (CCTV) Section ISO 9001 Accreditation

In accordance with clause 2.3 of the Model Section Rules of the Association, membership of the CCTV Section is conditional on the Operating Board being satisfied that the member has the relevant ISO 9001 accreditation.

In accordance with clause 2.7 of the Model Rules for Sections of the BSIA, members should ensure that all employees whose employment may involve them in the acquisition of, or access to, knowledge of a confidential nature, improper use of which could involve the member, any client of the member or a third party in a security risk shall be screened prior to employment with the object of ascertaining by examination of a prospective employees' background that they are of good character. Such employees shall be security screened in accordance with the following standard:

BS 7858 – “Security screening of individuals employed in a security environment”

VSS (CCTV) system member – Installer / maintainer
i) Companies shall install and maintain CCTV systems in accordance with:
BSIA Form No. 109 – Planning, design, installation and operation of CCTV surveillance systems – Code of practice and associated guidance 
BS EN 50132-7 “CCTV surveillance systems for use in security applications”
ii) Digital CCTV Recording Systems should be specified, selected, installed and operated in accordance with the latest version of the following:
BS 8495 – “Code of Practice for digital CCTV recording systems for the purpose of image export to be used as evidence”.
iii) Installers and maintainers of detector activated CCTV systems that are connected to an RVRC and require a Police URN shall comply with the following:
BS 8418 – “Installation and remote monitoring of detector activated CCTV systems”. 
  
VSS (CCTV) system member

CCTV Monitoring Centres should have a high standard of physical security, staff facilities and should comply with the latest version of the following:
BS 7958 – “Closed Circuit Television CCTV/Management and Operation”
BS 5979 – “Remote Centres receiving signals from security systems”.

VSS (CCTV) system member – VSS (CCTV)  Remote Video Response Centres (RVRC)
RVRCs should have a high standard of physical security and staff facilities, and should comply with the latest version of the following:
BS 8418 – “Installation and remote monitoring of detector activated CCTV systems”.
BS 5979 – “Remote Centres receiving signals from security systems – Cat II”.

VSS (CCTV) system member – Equipment manufacturer
Shall comply with current legislation and manufacture products designed to recognized industry standards.

VSS (CCTV) system member – Equipment distributor / supplier
Shall comply with current legislation and industry standards.

VSS (CCTV) Section Employee Training

Members shall ensure that all staff receive adequate and regular training.

For more information about joining the BSIA, or for advice on achieving the above criteria, call Sharon Mughal on 07803 891742.