What is a Recognized Security Organization (RSO)?

An organisation with appropriate expertise in security matters and with appropriate knowledge of ship and port operations authorized to carry out an assessment, or a verification, or an approval or a certification activity, required by SOLAS chapter XI-2 or by part A of the ISPS Code. RSOs can be approved by flag State Administrations to: (1) carry out ship security assessments; (2) prepare ship security plans; (3) review and approve ship security plans, or amendment to Plans; and (4) carry out initial and subsequent verifications of ships. RSOs approved by some flag States include classification societies and private security firms.

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Does the UK Government delegate ship security functions to any RSOs?

Does the ISPS Code allow a Recognized Security Organization to carry out a ship security assessment?