IAMSP is pleased to announce that ASIS International’s Quality Assurance and Security Management for Private Security Companies Operating at Sea has gained ANSI approval as an American National Standard. This significant hurdle is the result of ASIS International being able to demonstrate that it strictly adhered to some of the highest principles and requirements associated with the development of standards–and an ability to demonstrate that such standards were kept free of undue interference and vested interests.
IAMSP members, including Executive Members, participated significantly on both the Technical Committee and Working Group–giving private maritime security companies a clear and credible voice. By integrating into the ASIS International process, IAMSP demonstrated both its willingness to work collaboratively with credible Associations and Institutions on efforts that will see the maritime security profession evolve.
As this is the final standard in the suite of four, IAMSP wishes to thank its members that took significant time and made significant efforts in contributing to the ASIS International standards development process. The efforts, which can be clearly shown as putting the needs of the maritime security industry ahead of its own and keeping in line with credible principles and practices, represent major steps in the development of a professional core. We also wish to congratulate ASIS International on the success of this very significant effort.
IAMSP congratulates ASIS International on the acceptance of the Maturity Model for the Phased Implementation of a Quality Assurance Management System for Private Security Service Providers. With several members contributing on both the Technical Committee and Working Group, we are pleased to have been a part of a truly transparent development process that has resulted in a standard that makes sense for the maritime security industry.
These efforts, collaborating with other credible Associations, is part of IAMSP’s efforts to ensure that the maritime security industry receives useful, clear, and concise guidance that can be shown to be free of outside interference and vested interests.
Allan McDougall will be presenting at the ASIS International seminar being held in Philedelphia on current works on anti-piracy. The ASIS International conference is one of the top flight gatherings of professional security practitioners and draws from around the world. This is part of our efforts that have had us working with a range of research and development projects in the anti-piracy domain, a significant plank in the maritime security domain.
For those who have been following the progress of this effort, the ANSI / ASIS International effort is moving towards its final goals of having a comprehensive suite of standards for the implementation of the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers and maritime guidance. These standards, once completed and published, will provide a clear framework within which companies can demonstrate their compliance and adherence with the written requirement and intent of the ICoC using already-existing practices within the audit and evaluation community. We are proud to have been involved in all eight of these working groups over the past year, representing both our members and the maritime security community in this ground-breaking exercise.
IAMSP congratulates ASIS International on the acceptance of the PSC.1 Standard for the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers into the ANSI system of standards. This achievement was a truly remarkable effort under the coordination of Dr Marc Siegel of ASIS International’s standards development body that brought together representatives of foreign governments, the private sector, and non-government organizations. IAMSP, through the efforts of Allan McDougall, participated as the clearest voice representing issues and challenges within the maritime security domain, the largest group of signatories to theICoC. This participation is representative of IAMSP’s concrete efforts and volunteerism on behalf of the maritime security industry, something that continues to be vital as these efforts (and others) move forward.
IAMSP recently put forward comments regarding the ICoC Charter, expressing significant concerns over its structure and a number of specific measures. As an Association, we continue to be committed to the intent of the ICoC and will continue to support the ASIS International efforts in the development of those standards supporting the Code. Our primary focus will continue to be ensuring that the intent of the ICoC to weave respect for human rights and similar considerations into the business practices within the private security domain remains in the forefront of the Code and its integration into the maritime security domain.
We will continue our efforts in representing the industry through all phases of these efforts, working collaboratively with the various groups and interests involved to ensure that our members, and the maritime security industry in general, is given appropriate voice in these important efforts. While we continue to represent various trades and crafts within the maritime security domain, this effort, and others like it, demonstrate our commitment to operate in a leadership role with other credible associations to the betterment of the industry as a whole.
Again, our congratulations to all the representatives that participated in the development of this standard and who have been active in subsequent efforts and particularly ASIS International for providing the leadership and technical means of moving this important effort forward.