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Lynn Watts-Plumpkin appointed director and general manager at IQ Verify

The IQ Group – which encompasses Industry Qualifications and the Institute of Administrative Management – has announced the appointment of Lynn Watts-Plumpkin to lead the development of its new certification body entitled IQ Verify.

IQ Verify will specialise in the certification of management systems, products and services, and is in the final stages of UKAS accreditation to ISO 17021 and ISO 17065. This development will allow the IQ Group to provide both individual certification through its awarding organisation as well as organisational certification through IQ Verify. It will be the first multi-sector organisation in the UK with this capability.

Lynn Watts-Plumpkin, whose background includes significant roles at both the NSI and the SSAIB, said: “I’m delighted to be joining the IQ Group at this time, and am excited by the opportunity to lead a new certification body. IQ Verify will be distinct in its offering. The focus will be on standards associated with corporate resilience, the investigations sector and PSC-1 within the security industry. We will also be developing inspection schemes for a number of economic sectors and trade bodies. Announcements will be made over the coming months.”

Lynn Watts-Plumpkin: director and general manager at IQ Verify

Lynn Watts-Plumpkin: director and general manager at IQ Verify

Raymond Clarke, CEO of the IQ Group, said: “We’re delighted to have been able to attract a person of Lynn’s experience and ability to IQ Verify at a very important time in its development. We’ve been working towards UKAS accreditation for a year now, and have conducted a range of trial assessments in advance of UKAS approval to positive acclaim.”

Clarke added: “IQ Verify will be operational from Monday 1 December, offering inspections to BS 102000 (Investigative Services), ISO 27001 (Data Security), ISO 31000 (Risk Management) and ISO 22301 (Business Continuity). We will be offering PSC-1 and ISO 9001 from January, by which time we expect to have obtained full UKAS accreditation.”

*For further information on the work of Industry Qualifications visit: http://www.industryqualifications.org.uk/

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SSAIB assesses first company to new British Standard for Investigative Services

The Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board (SSAIB) recently completed an assessment of Probe Investigations (UK) Ltd in a pilot scheme that tested the company against the newly-published British Standard 102000: 2013 Code of Practice for the Provision of Investigative Services.

The Liverpool-based professional investigation firm achieved the requirements of the draft standard prior to its publication, and is the first such company that SSAIB has assessed against BS 102000:2013.

This new Code of Practice provides recommendations for the conduct, management, staffing and operational accountability around the provision of investigative services, and can be used by investigative services buyers/customers.

SSAIB assessor Brian Nuttall presented Probe Investigations’ managing director Peter Farrington with a Certificate of Registration at a seminar hosted by the Association of British Investigators.

SSAIB assessor Brian Nuttall presents Probe Investigations’ md Peter Farrington with a Certificate of Registration at a seminar hosted by the Association of British Investigators

SSAIB assessor Brian Nuttall presents Probe Investigations’ md Peter Farrington with a Certificate of Registration at a seminar hosted by the Association of British Investigators

Commenting on the company’s achievement, Farrington said: “The SSAIB is a specialist certification body and this successful assessment will only enhance Probe’s commitment to full compliance and commitment in the competitive investigations sector.”

The news follows on from the announcement (on 31 July this year) of the Government’s intentions to regulate private investigation activities, starting some time in 2014.

The new British Standard has been developed to help providers of investigative services demonstrate their accountability at a time when the Government is implementing the licensing of such services.

About the SSAIB

Founded in 1994 and based in Tyne & Wear, SSAIB is a leading certification body for organisations providing electronic security systems, security guarding services, fire protection, alarm and telecare services systems in the UK and Republic of Ireland.

In addition to its product schemes, the SSAIB offers a range of management systems certification schemes (including ISO 9001 quality management systems certification and ISO 14001 environmental management systems certification).

Over 1,500 companies are now on the SSAIB’s register.

For further information visit: http://www.ssaib.org

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