New regulation in the UK mandates licensing of private investigators

Presented to the Parliament by the Secretary of State for the Home Department by Command of Her Majesty on July 31, 2013, the new regulation, which will take effect next year, makes operating as an unlicensed private investigator in the United Kingdom a criminal offense. Licenses will be granted by the Security Industry Authority only when an applicant has successfully completed training and achieved a government-recognized qualification, including an understanding of relevant laws and standards, and the skills required to conduct activities ethically; has confirmed his/her identify; and has passed a criminal background check.