ASIS International's Management System for Quality of Private Security Company Operations – Requirements with Guidance standard received ANSI approval today as the world's first standard to support the code of conduct for private security service providers, according to an ASIS press release.

This standard was developed by a technical committee comprised of more than 200 members from 24 countries, and it establishes a mechanism for private security accountability to the principles outlined in the International Code of Conduct (ICoC) for private security service providers. 

The purpose of this standard, the release states, is to improve and demonstrate consistent and predictable quality of services provided by Private Security Companies (collectively "PSCs") while maintaining the safety and security of their operations and clients within a framework aiming to ensure respect for human rights, national and international law and fundamental freedoms.

“This remarkable international effort demonstrates the importance of this industry sector in support of peace and stability around the globe,” says Dr. Marc Siegel, commissioner, ASIS International Global Standards Initiative and chairman of the Technical Committee, in the press release. “PSCs need to conduct their business and provide services in a manner that respects human rights and laws. The standard creates a differentiator for PSCs to assure quality of services while maintaining the safety and security of their operations with respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.”  

According to ASIS, PSCs have become critical elements in supporting peace and stability in regions where the capacity of societal institutions has become overwhelmed by human and natural-caused disruptive events. In areas of weakened governance, PSCs can provide essential services and conduct their business with the obligation to carry out due diligence to prevent incidents, mitigate the consequences of and report incidents, and take corrective and preventative actions. 

The full standard is available for download through the ASIS International website. A panel discussion on the standard and its use will be presented at the ASIS International Seminar and Exhibits (ASIS 2012) in Philadelphia, Pa., on Monday, September 10.