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ASIS International achieves Category-A Liaison status to ISO/TC 292 from ISO

The International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) has granted ASIS International Category-A Liaison status to the Security and Resilience Technical Committee (ISO/TC 292), effective as of 27 June.

The ISO/TC 292 Security and Resilience Technical Committee operates within a broad scope of work that covers a variety of security topics including protective security, continuity and organisational resilience, emergency management and fraud.

“ASIS sought liaison status to ensure the relevancy, applicability and integrity of ISO security and resilience standards,” said Bernie Greenawalt CPP, chairman of ASIS International’s Standards and Guidelines Commission. “This status provides members with the opportunity to collaborate with professionals from around the world to help shape and advance security standards in ISO/TC 292.”

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In January, the Standards and Guidelines Commission formed an international task force charged with charting a path forward for ASIS International’s participation in ISO standards. The Technical Committee recommended participation as a liaison organisation in the ISO/TC 292 as an important step forward.

“Gaining Category-A Liaison status demonstrates ISO’s recognition of the expertise ASIS members bring to global standardisation efforts,” stated Werner Cooreman CPP PSP, leader of the international task force. “Through its member base of 35,000 from across 129 countries, ASIS International can provide ISO/TC 292 with direct access to highly specialised technical experts.”

In the coming months, the Standards and Guidelines Commission will establish a structure for the international panel of experts to support the work conducted by ISO/TC 292.

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Newest Euralarm member WAGNER Group brings strong innovation expertise in fire protection

Following a unanimous decision of the Board, Euralarm has now formally welcomed its newest member the WAGNER Group. The company will join the Fire Section of Euralarm, which activities cover fire detection, notification, evacuation, extinguishing controls and smoke and heat ventilation.

WAGNER will now benefit from Euralarm’s services in terms of representation among European institutions and standardisation organisations and the monitoring of relevant legislative and standardisation issues, and will have access to its extended network of national associations and major companies in the electronic fire safety and security sector.

WAGNER Group is a leading provider of integrated fire protection. Its products are often considered a benchmark in the sector. The company is an experienced provider of comprehensive and individual services ranging from consulting and solution development to system installation and support.

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Over the years, WAGNER’s innovations have given the market significant impetus. As a logical consequence, the German-based company also brings its expertise and knowhow into important standards committees including DIN, CEN and ISO.

WAGNER is also actively involved in drafting national and international guidelines with, for example, VdS and the BSI.

Headquartered in Langenhagen near Hannover in Germany, WAGNER’s worldwide presence extends beyond Europe to China, Dubai, Singapore and the United States.

Enhanced competitiveness and harmonisation

WAGNER will be represented in the Euralarm Fire Section by Dr Ing Oliver Linden, the company’s product manager. Following the completion of a doctorate in safety engineering and fire and explosion protection, Dr Ing Linden spent several years working as a researcher, with a special focus on the development and testing of multi-criteria fire detectors before moving into product management.

His responsibilities in terms of the company’s product portfolio and special tasks have increased steadily across a 12-year career with the business.

“WAGNER acknowledges Euralarm’s important role as the European fire and security industry’s representative and balancing partner to standardisation and testing bodies,” said Dr Ing Linden. “Having participated in its work for many years, WAGNER decided to permanently engage with Euralarm’s activities specifically in relation to matters of fire safety, contributing towards reduced trade barriers as well as enhanced competitiveness and harmonisation of the European market. As WAGNER’s representative, I would like to thank Euralarm very much for the warm welcome.”

Euralarm president Enzo Peduzzi commented: “We’re happy to now count WAGNER among our members. Euralarm is now even more representative of the electronic fire safety and security sector.”

Euralarm represents the electronic fire and security industry, providing leadership and expertise for industry, the market, policy-makers and standards bodies. Its members make society safer and more secure through systems and services for fire detection, intrusion detection, access control, video monitoring, alarm transmission and Alarm Receiving Centres.

Founded in 1970, Euralarm represents over 5,000 companies within the fire safety and security industry. Euralarm members are national associations and individual companies from across Europe.

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Key maritime security stakeholders welcome ISO announcement

At a presentation ceremony held in London, key industry stakeholders have praised newly accredited certifying body RTI Ltd for its unique “master mariner” approach to the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) maritime security certification process.

RTI was congratulated for its success and support to Private Maritime Security Companies (PMSCs). Those PMSCs that have undertaken the ISO 28000 with ISO PAS 28007 process with RTI received their certificates.

As a certifying body, RTI Ltd provides assurance assessment and accredited certification for maritime security (ISO 28000 with ISO PAS 28007), assessing companies which provide privately contracted armed security personnel (PCASP) on-board ships.

As part of RTI’s own certification efforts the company had been working with a number of leading international private maritime security providers. Having been audited as part of RTI’s pilot scheme process, these companies are now awarded ISO 28007 certification and have achieved success within the demands of this gold standard for the provision of protection on-board vessels.

The newly certified ISO/PAS 28007:2012 companies are Alphard Maritime, Bowline Defence, Control Risks and Securewest International. The certification success now affords them a competitive edge in the provision of armed guarding services on-board ships.

Clear benchmark for those involved

Captain Alok Kumar, director and founder of Alphard Maritime, commented: “We are confident that the new ISO standard will place the certified PMSCs in a higher class and will assist owners to choose the better PMSC.”

Captain Kumar’s views were echoed by John Howells, the UK director for Alphard Maritime who explained: “The ISO standards and the ISO/PAS 280007 certification gives a clear benchmark for all in the shipping industry to be able to select a fully audited and approved service provider with internationally recognised standards to be trusted to safely guard their people and assets.”

Key industry stakeholders have praised newly accredited certifying body RTI Ltd for its unique “master mariner” approach to the ISO maritime security certification process

Key industry stakeholders have praised newly accredited certifying body RTI Ltd for its unique “master mariner” approach to the ISO maritime security certification process

A spokesperson for Bowline Defence added: “We are extremely grateful for the work that RTI carried out with us during the accreditation process. They were helpful, thoroughly professional in every respect and their auditors came with first-hand knowledge of seafaring and maritime risk. They knew exactly what they were talking about and taught us a great deal. I would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone else thinking of going down the ISO28007 path.”

Peter Cheney, director of maritime services at Control Risks, said: “We are delighted that the award of ISO 28000/PAS 28007 is recognition of our long-held commitment to quality, training and safety. It demonstrates to the shipping industry the professionalism of Control Risks and the other leading Private Maritime Security Companies.”

In noting the difficulties of managing demanding new standards, Cheney added: “While Control Risks has an established and reputable profile of 40 years standing in the risk and security industry, we participated in the pilot programme to demonstrate our commitment to a respected international maritime industry standard. We chose RTI due to its maritime expertise and use of experienced master mariner auditors in the accreditation process. We are pleased that the standard now provides a means to enable industry stakeholders to identify with confidence robust, credible and dependable Private Maritime Security Companies.”

Development and adoption of industry standards

Clare Williamson-Cary, CEO of Securewest International, is also pleased to have worked with RTI on the pilot.

“With over 25 years of service to our maritime clients, Securewest International has long been committed to the development and adoption of security industry standards and Codes of Practice. We were pleased to support RTI in the pilot scheme and, of course, to receive the certification. This ISO provides for independent assessment against clearly defined standards which can only help to drive up standards internationally across our industry.”

It’s not just maritime security companies affected by the ISO 28007 development. Indeed, a number of key organisations have taken a very keen interest in the standards of armed guards and the companies providing them.

As such, RTI was pleased to receive supporting comments from the Security Association for the Maritime Industry (SAMI), the Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) and the Security in Complex Environments Group (SCEG).

Speaking about the ISO process, David Cotterell (director at the OCIMF) said: “Standardisation and the production of industry standards are a core OCIMF function. Operating to ISO standards is both a mark of quality and often a differentiator for customers seeking contractors to provide a high quality service. We were supportive when the IMO decided on the ISO route for the accreditation of private maritime security contractors, and we are very pleased to see ISO 28000 and ISO PAS 28007 certification being awarded.”

Andrew Farquhar, chairman of the SCEG, stated: “The SCEG is pleased to see that RTI has also been accredited by UKAS to certificate PMSCs to ISO 28000 and ISO PAS 28007.”

Farquhar also commented: “As the maritime security industry moves forward, it’s essential that risk and quality management systems are in place that ship operators and industry stakeholders can rely upon. With its experienced master mariner auditors and accreditation as a certification body, the RTI brings added value to this process.”

RTI maritime director Captain Steve Cameron thanked all parties for their assistance and support: “The commitment to excellence which has been demonstrated by the private maritime security companies we have worked with made a real difference to the process and helped streamline the way in which complex demands were managed. Each deserves praise, respect and recognition for the efforts they have made.”

Cameron also praised the industry bodies for their role and dedication to finding solutions which have propelled maritime security as a priority.

“We should also thank and recognise the pivotal role of organisations such as BIMCO, SAMI, the SCEG and OCIMF,” urged Cameron, “as they have tackled difficult problems to ensure that security solutions have been developed and standards implemented.”

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