Findings from first phase of ACS Review Published

19 January 2018

We, along with our delivery partner Pye Tait Consulting, published the findings from the extensive consultation that took place in phase one of the project to review our Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS).

Overall feedback from the consultation shows that the existing ACS is functioning well.

Nevertheless, a number of improvements have been identified, and we will work with Pye Tait to deliver these during the subsequent phases of the review. Some of the improvements include:

  • Simplifying and improving the language around the standards
  • Less focus on processes and documentation
  • More focus on measurable outcomes

A summary of the main findings and recommendations from the first consultation and our response is available on the SIA website.

Next Steps

During January and February 2018, we will be working with Pye Tait Consulting on the next phase of the review of the ACS. They will be asking stakeholders for their views on the proposed changes to the scheme, including the ACS standard and the Self-Assessment Workbook (SAW).

There are a number of ways for approved contractors, non-ACS security contractors, buyers of security, assessing bodies and other stakeholders to get involved:

  • Online survey on a draft revised standard and Self-Assessment Workbook
  • Phone interviews
  • Workshops

Proposals for a revised standard and SAW will be available shortly via Pye Tait’s ACS Review Portal. The portal will be hosting an online survey for people to share feedback.

We are planning three discussion workshops to gather in-depth feedback on the way forward and proposed changes. They will take place on the following dates and locations:

  • London – 1 February 2018
  • Leeds – 14 February 2018
  • Edinburgh – 15 February 2018
You can express your interest in participating, and find out more, here:

The revised standard will be implemented this summer. The transition will be managed to enable businesses to prepare for this change. It is likely that businesses will not be assessed against the new standard until late 2018/early 2019.

Further information:

  • The Security Industry Authority is the organisation responsible for regulating the private security industry in the United Kingdom, reporting to the Home Secretary under the terms of the Private Security Industry Act 2001. The SIA's main duties are: the compulsory licensing of individuals undertaking designated activities; and managing the voluntary Approved Contractor Scheme.
  • For further information about the Security Industry Authority or to sign up for email updates visit The SIA is also on Facebook- this link opens in a new window (Security Industry Authority) and Twitter- this link opens in a new window (SIAuk).