BS 8418:2015 Installation and remote monitoring of detector-activated CCTV systems – Code of practice
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BS 8418:2015

Installation and remote monitoring of detector-activated CCTV systems. Code of practice

Status : Current, Work in hand   Published : January 2015



What is this standard about?

Concerns over the use and abuse of CCTV prompted a UK Government code of practice and the appointment of a Surveillance Camera Commissioner to reassure the public that such systems will be used to protect and support communities rather than spy on them. 

This standard meets these privacy concerns and ensures that CCTV systems are used effectively, proportionately and transparently. 

Who is this standard for?

It will be essential for anyone involved with detector-activated CCTV systems in the public or private sector – whether you specify, manufacture, install, maintain, monitor or buy such systems.

Why should you use this standard? 

Its use is recognized by UKAS accredited inspectorates for installers and monitoring centre providers. It is also recognized by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) Security Systems Policy as part of their acceptance for police response. It is the only CCTV standard that qualifies for police response via Unique Reference Number (URN), as used by professional monitoring centres across the country.

What’s changed since the last update?

The standard was revised to meet the requirements of the Government’s code of practice and in the light of technical changes and lessons learned over the past few years, calling on best practice used in other CCTV and intruder-alarm related applications. Specifically the revised standard:

  • Gives detailed requirements for all interested parties in one document
  • Ensures that resilience and quality are maintained at all times and in all environments 
  • Makes CCTV systems more affordable by removing some onerous technical requirements
  • Fills a gap in the market, linking CCTV installation standards with monitoring standards

Standard NumberBS 8418:2015
TitleInstallation and remote monitoring of detector-activated CCTV systems. Code of practice
StatusCurrent, Work in hand
Publication Date31 January 2015
Cross ReferencesBS 5979:2007, BS 7671, BS 7858, BS 7958:2009, BS 8243:2010+A1:2014, BS 8591:2014, BS EN 62676-1-1, BS IEC 62676-4:2014, BS 10008, BS EN 50130-5, BS EN 62676-1-2, BS EN 62676-2-1, BS EN 62676-2-2, BS EN 62676-2-3, Data Protection Act 1998, Human Rights Act 1998, Protection of Freedoms Act 2012, Surveillance Camera Code of Practice 2013, Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005, Private Security Industry Act 2001
ReplacesBS 8418:2010
Draft Superseded By14/30293253 DC
DescriptorsDocuments, Security systems in buildings, Remote control systems, Installation, Crime prevention devices, Detectors, Maintenance, Design, Closed-circuit television, Anti-burglar measures, Commissioning, Lighting systems, Television systems
ISBN978 0 580 84981 7
File Size200 KB

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