The ICoC Association is responsible for certifying that the systems and policies established by Member Companies of the Association meet the ICoC’s principles and standards, and that they are undergoing monitoring, auditing, and verification, including in the field.
The Certification Procedure which accomplishes the vision laid out in Article 11 of the Articles of Association is the result of significant study, discussion, and pragmatic compromise among the pillars – led by the Board Directors – and represents a solid methodology for implementing the first of the Association’s significant Governance and Oversight functions. Following a final comments process the General Assembly voted to accept the procedure. The procedure demonstrates the efforts of the three member pillars to harmonize the Code with newly developed and emerging national and international standards for the private security industry.
Under the Procedure, the Board assesses and recognizes standards that are consistent with the Code and defines, for each standard, additional information relative to the human rights and humanitarian law impact of PSC operations that it needs to assess whether a company's systems and policies meet the requirements of the Code. Members must then become certified to a standard recognized by the Board, and supply the additional information defined by the Board, in order to become certified to the Code.
Under the Articles of Association, member PSCs must become certified under the Certification Procedure within one year of the announcement (therefore before 1 July 2016). Further information regarding the implementation of this procedure will be shared in the near future.
As foreseen under article 11.2.4 of the Articles of Association, the certification process shall operate in a manner that is complementary to, and not duplicative of, certification under Board-recognized national and international standards.
Following consultation with Members and Observers the Board have released a Recognition Statement for PSC.1, accompanied by Annex A - Certification Assessment Framework, and Annex B - Additional Requirements). We anticipate being able to begin processing requests for certification based on PSC.1 in the first half of 2016. Before then, the Secretariat will issue guidance for companies seeking ICoCA Certification based on PSC.1, including instructions on the submission of the information described in the Recognition Statement.
In accordance with the process described in the Certification Procedure, the Board shared a Draft Recognition Statement for ISO 28007-1(2015) ("ISO 28007), including its Annexes. Comments were received by a number of stakeholders and are available here. The Board is now reviewing a revised version of the Recognition Statement for ISO 28007-1 (2015).
The Board of Directors received a request from an ICoCA member that the Association evaluate the standard ISO 9001:2015 (hereafter “ISO 9001”), coupled with a “Human Rights Due Diligence Process and a Human Rights Impact Assessment,” for potential recognition pursuant to the ICoCA’s Certification Procedure. In accordance with the ICoCA Certification Procedure, the Secretariat has conducted a preliminary analysis of ISO 9001 using the analytical matrix referred to in the Certification Procedure. Due to the significant gap between the coverage of the standard and the Code, particularly with respect to the human rights and humanitarian law-specific provisions of the Code, the Board has decided that further assessment and administration of the additional information that would be required for ISO 9001 to be recognized would be impractical at this time. The preliminary analysis of ISO 9001 is available here.
Analysis of additional standards is currently underway and will be shared as soon as possible.