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Investigations ANSI Standard Released By ASIS International

New standard provides guidance for the collection and examination of information

Alexandria, Va. 2015-09-28

​A technical committee comprised of more than 200 experts from around the globe took part in the development of the ASIS International’s (ASIS) newly-released Investigations ANSI Standard. The standard provides a framework for organizations to establish an ongoing program for investigations and conduct individual investigations. The standard describes the elements to include in an investigations program with flexibility that allows the organization to tailor the approach to needs of the organization and type of investigation. ASIS, the leading organization for security professionals worldwide, is an ANSI Accredited Standards Developer.

“Investigators of all stripes have long sought a structured, yet practical standard by which they may conduct their investigations,” stated ASIS Standards Commission Liaison Eugene Ferraro, CPP, PCI. “The new ANSI/ASIS Investigations Standard is a welcome development for professional investigators in both the public and private sector. It provides guidance for individuals and organizations seeking to conduct proper and professional investigations.”

The standard uses a systems approach to modern fact-finding and offers the means for the development of an investigation program consistent with the business management principles related to the Plan‐Do‐Check‐Act (PDCA) Model. It provides insight and guidance for generally accepted practices including the processes and considerations one should contemplate when undertaking an investigation. As guidance, it does not contain requirements, nor is it intended for third‐party certification.

If implemented, the framework offers investigators a high degree of assurance that their investigations will be effective, ethical, meet their intended objectives, and provide the mechanisms required for continued process improvement. This standard can be used by anybody involved in the investigative process as well as those whom they serve.

View the Executive Summary (PDF). ASIS members get one free download.

Want to learn more about this Standard?

The New ANSI/ASIS Investigations Standard Maximizes Investment Return of Time and Resources

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 11:00 am-12:00 pm (PT) at ASIS 2015
Session Number: 4101
Location: 204A, Anaheim Convention Center

Conducting Investigations Using the New American National Standard

Thursday, October 8, 2015, 12:00-1:30 pm (ET)
A FREE webinar presentation.

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