The HELP team is fully committed to the raising of standards for companies operating in hostile environments and we fully recognise the commitment companies have made to gain ICoCA Certification and certification for one or more of the international security standards. We actively encourage all HELP members to achieve accredited certification.

The HELP team also encourages adherence to voluntary codes and associations coupled with rigorous independent third-party accredited certification against approved international standards. HELP members are expected to be compliant with evolving human rights legislation, regulations, and principles as relevant and applicable to security in complex environments. These include the UN Global Compact, UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights, the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers, the Modern Slavery Act, and the Montreux Document.

From experience Private Security Companies and their supply chain buy independent evaluations either through choice (to reduce the risk) or as a consequence of legal requirements. Selecting an accredited Certification Body to carry out the audit is an essential tool for decision-making and risk management:

  • Organisations can save time and money by selecting an Accredited Certification Body and therefore a competent supplier.

  • Using an accredited body to carry out an independent evaluation helps demonstrate due diligence in the event of legal action.
  • Accreditation to internationally recognised standards can provide a competitive advantage and facilitate access to export markets internationally. For example, full membership of the International Code of Conduct Association (ICoCA) requires accredited certification.

  • Certification to PSC1, ISO18788 or ISO28007 must be carried out by an accredited Certification Body. These standards are important and clients considering contracting with a security company often ask for evidence of certification which has been produced by an internationally accredited certification body.

There are currently three Certification Bodies accredited under the International Accreditation Forum Multilateral Recognition Forum (IAF MLA) by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service. Those CBs are authorised to issue accredited certification to security companies who have successfully completed a rigorous third-party audit process which covers from Board level out to the physical point of service delivery – often in austere and challenging environments, covering policy, procedures, and practice, and encompassing human rights obligations.

As a HELP member you may be eligible for assistance with the process of gaining accredited certification this may include accessing appropriate certification bodies and a contribution towards the cost of certification. Your broker will be able to provide you with further details.

UKAS Accredited Certification Bodies for PSC1, ISO 18788 and ISO 28007