UK Adopts the ANSI Standard

MontreuxDocumentIn mid-December, the British government announced in a Foreign & Commonwealth Office Ministerial Statement that it will require U.K.-based private security companies to adhere to a recently developed U.S. national standard for private security providers. The American National Standard Institute’s ANSI/ASIS PSC1.2012 standard is a management system standard to guide companies in establishing auditable systems that provide a consistent quality of service within a framework that “respects human rights, national and international laws, and fundamental freedoms.” The standard draws specifically on the Montreux Document, see the above article, and the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers. The U.K. Accreditation Service will develop a process to accredit independent third party auditors to certify companies to the standard. The U.S. Department of Defense already requires that its overseas security contractors demonstrate conformity with PSC1.

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