Security Approval and Regulatory Bodies

The UK security industry is regulated by a variety of organisations. Many insurance companies require security systems to be installed and maintained by a company approved by one of these bodies. We provide below a brief overview of each of these bodies.


Please note - the information below is intended only as a guide to the various approval and regulatory bodies operating in the UK security industry. The companies listed in our directory are not necessarily approved by any of these bodies.


BSIA Logo - British Security Industry Association

The British Security Industry Association is the professional trade association for the security industry in the UK. Its members are responsible for more than 70% of UK security business.


NACOSS Logo - National Security Inspectorate

Since 1990, NACOSS has been the national approval service for companies in the electronic security sector. Operated by the National Security Inspectorate (NSI), the familiar owl mark has recently been extended to cover the full variety of security and fire systems which come under the juristiction of the organisation. 


For security systems, NACOSS Gold remains the highest standard of approval.


SSAIB - Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board

The Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board is a non-profit making company. Since 1994 it has promoted and encouraged high standards and ethics in the security industry.


VSIB - Vehicle Systems Installation Board

The Vehicle Systems Installation Board is the National Regulatory and Accreditation body for Vehicle Systems Installers and their installations, supported by the Home Office, Motor Insurers & 'Thatcham', Security Manufacturers, Vehicle Manufacturers, Vehicle Retailers, Motor Organisations and many others. The VSIB work to ensure that the consumer is provided with a reliable service that meets quality standards.


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