BS 102000:2018 was published in August 2018 replacing BS 102000:2013 and is the British Standard for the provision of investigative services.
BS 102000:2018 seeks to help providers of investigative services demonstrate their accountability at a time when the government is implementing the licensing of such services. Whilst the Private Security Industry Act 2001 contains provisions for regulating private investigations; these are yet to be introduced.
In the absence of mandatory regulation, this standard provides recommendations for the conduct, management, staffing and operational accountability for the provision of investigative services. This is achieved by providing a broad set of principles to assist all sizes of business to demonstrate the integrity of the services offered.
To meet the requirements of the standard your organisation will need to demonstrate the following:
The new 2018 version of this standard introduces:
There are many benefits to gaining certification to BS 102000:2018. These include:
+ Attract new customers
+ Retain existing customers
+ Customer satisfaction
+ Demonstrates management structure
+ Evidences legal compliance (GDPR , Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA), the Criminal Procedure & Investigations Act 1996 and the Bribery Act 2010).
+ Provides confidence in capability, knowledge and skills to operate with integrity and professionalism.
+ Boost brand reputation
+ Evidences continual compliance
Audit duration will depend on the size, complexity of business and the scope of certification required.
The independent assessment of compliance to BS 102000:2018 is conducted via the following approach:
IQ Verify will work closely with you to determine your audit and certification requirements.
Initial Onsite Audit
Evaluates whether the service provided by your organisation meets the requirements in BS 102000:2018.
You will be issued with a certificate valid for 3 years subject to successful annual surveillance audits.
Annual Surveillance Audit
Onsite audit to review all elements of compliance to BS 102000:2018.
Onsite audit resulting in a new certificate issued every three years subject to successful annual surveillance audits.