Standards development

The BSIA is at the forefront of standards development and represents the UK security industry on British, European and International Standards committees.

The BSIA's knowledgeable Technical team leads the way in the development and improvement of industry standards, ensuring that BSIA membership remains synonymous with high standards. Where the industry lacks standards, the Association's members develop their own codes of practice and these are often then used by the British Standards Institute (BSI) as a benchmark for the wider industry.

The BSIA provides many opportunities for its member companies to directly influence change through working groups, committees and section meetings, enabling member companies and individuals to raise their own profile by establishing themselves as industry experts.

In 2018-19, the BSIA contributed to over 45 revisions and amendments to British, European and International Standards pertaining to the UK's private security industry, including those affecting both electronic and manned-guarding sections. These include, to name a few, several IEC VSS (CCTV) standards in the IEC 62676 suite; BS8418 (Detector Activated CCTV); BS8484 (Lone Worker systems); BS8593 (Body Worn Video) and EN15713 (Secure Destruction of Confidential Material). 

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Become a working group expert

As part of its active role in influencing British, European and International standards, the British Security Industry Association nominates several of its members to represent the Association as 'experts' on various standards development committees and working groups. 

Feedback from companies that have provided experts to sit on the working groups, have outlined the advantage of knowing how standards will impact on their business, especially at the early stages of development.

It has proved to be a useful marketing tool in having such knowledge, using this to impress clients and potential new business opportunities.