Join Secured by Design
Become a Licensed Member
Companies with products which can be tested or evaluated to show effective security or crime prevention benefit may apply to be licensed members and the products awarded "Police Preferred Specification" status. Product categories range from home security products such as doors, locks, windows, asset marking to commercial security products such as grills, shutters and security glazing.
You can become a member after testing and passing security standards specified by ACPO Secured by Design (SBD). Our Development Officers guide you through the complete process. This includes:
- Guidance through the technical process of achieving product testing and certification
- Visit to factory and warehouse to meet you, your team and see how the products are produced
- Be contactable and visit you throughout your membership, offering continual support and guidance
Products which are not currently covered by a suitable public test will be subject to evaluation by a technical authority acceptable to Secured by Design.
Why Become An SBD Licensed Consultant?
This Secured by Design scheme will show that your products reach a high level of security. Our logo shows that SBD products have been tested and certified to a high standard and will reduce the opportunity for crime.
In addition our licensee agreement states a licensed SBD member company will receive the following benefits:
- The right to use agreed phrases and an approved logo
- Entry on the SBD website as a licensed member company
- SBD e-newsletter subscription
- Updates about changes in the SBD specification, test standards and guidance
- The opportunity to exhibit at ACPO SBD events nationwide, including the National Training Event
Membership is subject to an annual fee. Only member companies are entitled to use the Secured by Design logo and promote the term 'Police Preferred Specification' on tested products.
We police the use of our logo so that only members and those re-selling their SBD products can use the logo. SBD provides full guidance documents and support on how to promote your status.
SBD Standards Explained
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our standards and testing.
How To Become a Member
Secured by Design requires testing and certification for many product categories. The differences between the two are as follows:
A manufacturer can submit a product for testing to a recognised security standard at a test laboratory, often accredited by UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service), and pass. However, this does not ensure that the product tested is the same as the mainstream manufactured item nor is representative of the range of products.
Certification gives quality assurance. When a manufacturer wishes to comply with the requirements of SBD they must now submit the product range for certification. This involves submission to a test house, which may or may not be the Certification Authority (CA).
A number of products, representing the whole range, are selected for testing and if they all pass they can be accepted into the certification scheme. The CA visits the production facility to ensure that the products tested are representative of the products supplied to the end user. This is followed by a programme of regular visits to ensure continued quality standards are met and that components have not been altered without informing the CA.
During the course of a year the CA will remove a small number of products for re-testing. This is dependent on the number of products being produced or a number agreed with the manufacturer. Should any part of the security standard be changed/up-dated the manufacturer is expected to upgrade products to retain certification.
Contact Us About Company Membership:
If you wish to contact us, please fill in the form below and we will get back to you as soon as possible. If you need to contact us by telephone, please use the following details:
- Scotland & Borders
- Jacqui Shiel
- Tel: 07790 013839
- Northern England & Northern Ireland
- Michael Brooke
- Tel: 07843 633392
- Midland & Wales
- Mick Reynolds
- Tel: 07843 633393
- Southern England
- Doug Skins
- Tel: 07515 329870
Become An SBD Licensed Consultant
We want to officially authorise individuals through a new voluntary licensing scheme that seeks to recognise those who offer SBD guidance by claiming specific knowledge, experience or skills and by ‘associating’ themselves with Secured by Design.
By introducing the SBD license scheme we want to create a legitimate community of security professionals throughout the UK and centralise a secure way for customers to search and ensure they only employ the skills of a true SBD licensed consultant.
Why become a licensed SBD consultant?
This Secured by Design scheme will showcase your skills to potential customers as a crime prevention expert. As with our member companies, our logo shows that SBD consultants come with a reputation for their skills and expertise. You can, in an official capacity, provide SBD advice on new developments and refurbishments.
In addition our licensee agreement states a licensed SBD consultant will receive the following benefits:
- The right to use agreed phrases about competence and an approved logo.
- Entry on the SBD website as a licensed individual.
- SBD e-newsletter subscription.
- Updates about changes in the SBD specification, test standards and guidance.
- The opportunity to attend ACPO SBD events nationwide, including the National Training Event.
- An SBD Licensed consultant ID card.
How Can I Become An SBD Licensed Consultant?
If you would like to become a licensed SBD consultant, you need to complete an application form to ACPO CPI. You will then be assessed against the criteria established by ACPO CPI as acceptable for proving the necessary level of qualification and/or experience. If you satisfy the interim criteria for licensing, you will be individually licensed to use an approved Secured by Design logo and will be able to operate with the official authorisation of ACPO CPI.
The application form and guidance documents can be downloaded below: