Licensing of Investigations

The Private Security Industry Act 2001 created the Security Industry Authority (SIA) with a mandate to regulate the various sectors of the industry.  Investigations as a defined activity was included but has yet to be implemented.

Licensing was expected to commence in October 2014 and anticipated to be complimented by a Business Licensing regime based on the British Standards Institution code of practice, BS102000.

The process of accountability by Business Licensing, if introduced, will enhance the Association of British Investigators' existing high standard and is expected to eventually erode to extinction the unwelcome market of unscrupulous opportunists who have hitherto blighted the sector by masquerading as Private Investigators.

The Association will embrace any development on licensing and will enthusiastically offer its assistance and full support to The Home Office and the Security Industry Authority in the implementation process.

Unfortunately other matters have distracted Ministers and there has been no Parliamentary update on licensing since 2014.  

In the meantime, the Republic of Ireland introduced licensing for investigations on 01 November 2015, which is based on how the SIA may have implemented Business Licensing in the UK.

A Report on the situation and overview of icensing in the UK and the Republic of Ireland, written by ABI Past President Tony Imossi, can be viewed by clicking here.

The latest general update on licensing can be viewed here. 

An update (as at March 2017) on licensing for ABI members only can be viewed here.

Click here for an article about the PI profession and regulation by member Peter Farrington.

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