Certification

Since November 2016, the Association certifies Member Companies to the requirements of the Code by asking applicants to provide proof of their third-party certification to one of the ICoCA Board- recognised standards (PSC.1, ISO 18788 or ISO 28007). For each standard, the Board defined additional information relative to human rights and humanitarian law which is needed in order to assess whether a Company's systems and policies meet the requirements of the Code. 

 

To be valid, third-party certification should be issued by a Certification Body (CB) accredited by a National Accreditation Body member of the International Accreditation Forum (IAF/MLA) to certify to one of the recognised standards.

 

Currently, the following independent accredited Certification Bodies are certifying to Board recognised standards:

 

 

The Certification Procedure, which accomplishes the vision laid out in Article 11 of the Articles of Association and has been approved by the General Assembly in 2015, is available here. As foreseen under article 11.2.4 of the Articles of Association, the certification process operates in a manner that is complementary to, and not duplicative of, certification under Board-recognised national and international standards. 

 

 

Transitional Membership Process

 

All Member Companies are expected to obtain ICoCA Certification as soon as possible, i.e. no later than 2 years after 15 April 2018 or from the moment they join the Association.

 

Members that have already obtained ICoCA Certification are called “ICoCA Certified Members.” Companies that have yet to achieve ICoCA Certification are called “Transitional Members.” Transitional Members pay the same dues as ICoCA Certified Members and enjoy the same rights and privileges in the governance of the Association, including actively working towards and demonstrating compliance with the requirements of the Code, including the ongoing monitoring oversight activities of the ICoCA.

 

  • An overview of the Transitional Membership Process can be found here
  • The list of ICoCA Certified Members can be found here.

 

Standards

 

PSC.1

 

PSC.1-2012 is a standard that establishes a mechanism for private security service providers and their clients to provide demonstrable commitment, conformance, and accountability to the principles outlined in the ICoC and the Montreux Document.

 

  • To assist Members Companies, the Secretariat has issued Guidance on how to apply for ICoCA Certification. The instructions and the Application form for PSC.1-2012 certified companies are available here.
  • For more information, consult the Recognition Statement for PSC.1 released by the Board after consultation with Members and Observers, as well as Annex A (Certification Assessment Framework) and Annex B (Additional Requirements). 

 

ISO 18788

 

ISO 18788:2015 is an international standard which provides a framework for establishing, implementing, operating, monitoring, reviewing, maintaining and improving the management of security operations. It provides the principles and requirements for a security operations management system; and provides a business and risk management framework for organisations conducting or contracting security operations and related activities.

 

  •  To assist Members Companies, the Secretariat as issued Guidance on how to apply for ICoCA Certification. The instructions and the Application form for ISO 18788:2015 certified companies are available here. 
  • For more information, consult the Recognition Statement for ISO 18788:2015 ("ISO 18788") released by the Board after consultation with Members and Observers, as well as Annex A (Certification Assessment Framework), and Annex B (Additional Requirements). Comments received by stakeholders during the process are available here.

 

ISO 28007

 

ISO 28007-1:2015 is an international standard which gives guidelines containing additional sector-specific recommendations, which companies (organisations) who comply with ISO 28000 can implement to demonstrate that they provide Privately Contracted Armed Security Personnel (PCASP) on board ships.

 

  • To assist Members Companies, the Secretariat as issued Guidance on how to apply for ICoCA Certification. The instructions and the Application form for ISO 28007-1:2015 certified companies are available here. 
  • For more information, consult the Recognition Statement for ISO 28007-1 (2015) ("ISO 28007") released by the Board after consultation with Members and Observers, as well by Annex A (Certification Assessment Framework), and Annex B (Additional Requirements). Comments received by stakeholders during the process are available here

 

Please note that ISO 9001 is NOT recognised as a pathway to ICoCA certification

 

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 international 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 recognised would be impractical at this time. The preliminary analysis of ISO 9001 is available here.