SIA APPROVED CONTRACTOR SCHEME
The purpose of the Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS) is to protect the public and to maintain and improve standards in the private security industry. Many security businesses have obtained approval under the scheme since its launch in 2006 and many buyers and users of security services require that their suppliers are approved
The ACS Standard has been developed with a wide scope encompassing all aspects of a business. It enables a holistic view of how an organisation meets the needs of all of its stakeholders including how it is:
being managed and led
providing services to its customers
providing for and managing its staff
considering the society and environment in which it operates
The requirements of the ACS Standard are generic and can be applied to all organisations regardless of size and sector. The achievement level within the ACS Standard is set to validate existing good practice; encourage the development of new practices and discourage poor practice found in some organisations within the industry.
The ACS Standard is comprehensive and organisations do not require separate certification to other standards, e.g. ISO9001 or specific British Standards, in order to be an approved contractor. However, in meeting ACS requirements, approved contractors are expected to work to the British Standard Codes of Practice appropriate to their activities.
The assessment process allows organisations to demonstrate, to an SIA approved assessor, how their way of conducting their business meets the required achievement level to become an SIA Approved Contractor. The assessors will apply the ACS Standard in a pragmatic way taking into account the nature of the applicant’s organisation and the context in which its services are delivered.
The assessment process will also be used to provide input to the ongoing development and improvement of the ACS Standard. Any changes proposed to the ACS Standard will be subject to consultation with the Private Security Industry.