Irish IT disposal company AMI has become one of just four firms globally to achieve accreditation from ADISA – an industry scheme for companies who provide IT asset disposal services.

AMI manages the secure disposal of end-of-life IT, mobile and electrical equipment as well as the data on such equipment.

The company, which has sites in both Dublin and Belfast, is the first in Ireland to attain ADISA accreditation.

The IT disposal market in Ireland and the UK is worth around €275m and so far this year, AMI has destroyed the data on over 300,000 items, and expects to further grow its market share with the awarding of this certification by 20%.

The company says it will also expand its services in the UK in the coming months.

ADISA is an industry accreditation scheme for companies who provide IT asset disposal services; with only what are deemed to be the most secure companies achieving the certification.

This is especially important under the GDPR, which requires that organisations ensure the secure disposal of their old IT equipment and that any data contained on devices is completely destroyed.

As an ADISA member, AMI will undergo a scheduled full audit at least once every three years, but the company also undergoes entirely unannounced spot-check audits at least once a year.

Members must pass all 112 essential criteria before the ADISA audit teams award companies with a pass mark.

Commenting on the accreditation, Managing Director of AMI Philip McMichael said: "In the GDPR age, organisations are more aware than ever of their obligations to protect their customers’ data.

"By investing in the achievement of this certification, along with the many other accreditations AMI holds, we can differentiate ourselves from competitors as the most secure IT disposal and data destruction company in Ireland.

"This distinctive mark reassures our customers that we are best placed to look after their needs."