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Sié Chéou-Kang CenterPrivate Security Monitor

U.S. Army medics with Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment carry a wounded Afghan contractor onto a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter on Combat Outpost Rath, Afghanistan, March 27, 2010. The contractor was wounded by enemy forces.

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ANSI/ASIS International Standards

Founded in 1955, ASIS is a society of individual security professionals dedicated to increasing the effectiveness and productivity of security professionals by developing educational programs and materials. ASIS is an ANSI-accredited Standards Developing Organization, and within ASIS the ASIS Commission on Standards and Guidelines works with national and international standards-setting organizations and industry representatives to develop voluntary standards and guidelines for security professionals. With funding from the U.S. Department of Defense, the ASIS Commission on Standards is currently promulgating four sets of standards for private security companies.

The first two standards have been published widely, while the remaining two are near publication. The first standard, PSC.1, was submitted by ANSI for International Organization for Standardization (ISO) certification and was approved and published in September of 2015. PSC.4 has been completed and and received ANSI approval, but PSC.3 is still awaiting ANSI certification. 

PSC.1 - Management System for Quality of Private Security Company Operations-Requirements with Guidance

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PSC.2 - Conformity Assessment and Auditing Management Systems for Quality of Private Security Company Operation

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PSC.3 - Maturity Model for the Phased Implementation of a Quality Assurance Management System for Private Security Service Providers

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PSC.4 - Quality Assurance and Security Management for Private Security Company's Operating in the Maritime Environment

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ASIS/ANSI PSC.1 Adoption by Countries

Two countries have adopted ASIS standards for their private security contracting. After the approval by ANSI of ASIS PSC.1 in May of 2012, the United States Department of Defense adopted the standard. The U.S. specifies in its DFARS regulations that all contracts with private security providers must use PSC.1. In December of 2012, the United Kingdom announced that PSC.1 would be the standard for all its future private security contracts.