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ICoCA Recognised Standards

Under the Article 11 Procedures, the ICoCA Certification is based on existing national or international standards and processes that are recognised by the ICoCA Board as consistent with the Code as well as additional information required to meet the principles and standards contained in the Code. The following standards were assessed and recognised by the Board: PSC.1, ISO 18788 and ISO 28007.

 

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.