The independent and international certification body IQ Verify has granted drone operator Crowded Space Drones the new IQ Verify UAS Operations Gold certification in alignment with the requirements of BS ISO 21384‑3:2019, the International Standard for UAS (Drone) Operations. Crowded Space Drones is the first UK company to achieve the accreditation.
BS ISO 21384‑3:2019 outlines the requirements for unmanned aircraft (UA) operational procedures which, when applied together with any other current and future standard, forms a robust UA safety and quality standard. It applies to all commercial UAS operations regardless of size, categorization, application or location and represents the international best practice for the safe operation of all types of use and missions.
Owing to the breadth of consideration within any UAS operation, these requirements fall within a number of key areas including; safety and security, data protection and cyber security, operator documentation and insurance, operations (from planning to operation and journey logs), maintenance and privacy.
Through a comprehensive audit process which includes the review of previous deployments and a live flight assessment, UAS organisations now have the opportunity to be independently verified against the highest industry standards. It is perhaps for this reason that two major insurers within the sector, Coverdrone and Moonrock, have already confirmed that they will offer discounts to those organisations certificated by IQ Verify to UAS Operations Gold.
Andrew McQuillan of Crowded Space Drones explained why the drone industry needs independent certification: “As soon as ISO 21384-3 was published, we looked to obtain certification as we know that in other sectors certification of compliance to International Standards is crucial to demonstrating quality and winning competitive tenders and quotes with clients. This scheme from IQ Verify comprehensively audited our entire operations and has given our clients additional confidence that they are utilising the leading drone services company in the United Kingdom. Having recently been certificated by IQ Verify to the Surveillance Camera Code of Practice, it was encouraging to see the alignment between this standard and the privacy etiquette requirements of BS ISO 21384‑3:2019, creating an eco-system of complementary accreditations & certifications which customers can rely on as the first independent quality standards for the industry.”
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