What is ISO 22301 Business Continuity?

ISO 22301 is a new international standard for business continuity management systems that can provide your organization with the ability to demonstrate compliance and a standardized approach to managing continuity risks. As part of this process, organizations will create a Business Continuity Management System (BCMS) which includes plans, processes and documentation to ensure effective risk assessment and mitigation planning for potential business disruptions, including IT failure.

Business continuity is about more than just being able to keep things running; it’s about keeping your organization in a position to thrive and grow when faced with challenges such as cyber threats, network outages or even physical disasters like fires or floods. A BCMS helps you understand what risks need to be mitigated and allows you to put systems in place that can respond quickly and effectively when disruptions occur. 

How to Get ISO 22301 Certification

But where do organizations begin? There needs to be a systematic process to ensure that your business is able to manage potential risks while continuing to function, deliver products and services, maintain customer relationships, meet legal requirements, reduce downtime costs, protect assets and ensure continuity of operations.

Compliance to the standard is performed by a third party certification body (CB) using an audit process that ensures compliance with the requirements of ISO 22301. This is not just another standard or framework; it’s an effective way to demonstrate that your ongoing business risks are being actively managed and mitigated in order to ensure minimal disruption to your activities and customers.

Risk Management & More

Risk management is an important tool for business continuity as it provides a structured way to identify the sources of business disruption and assess their probability and harm. A business continuity plan is a risk management tool that allows the organization to create, document and implement policies that protect businesses against unforeseen events.

It should ensure the continued operation of critical services and functions in an emergency situation. The purpose of such a plan is to allow for some level of recovery after a disaster, whether it’s technological or natural in origin.

A business continuity plan is a list of the procedures that will be followed in case of an emergency. It includes which groups are responsible for taking action, what their roles and responsibilities are, and how members should communicate with each other as well as external parties.

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The Process

STEP 1

Pre-Assesment

We review your existing management systems in relation to requirements of the relevant standards for certification.

STEP 2

Stage 1 Audit

A review of your management system(s) documentation is undertaken as the first step in the certification process.

STEP 3

Certification Audit

The Certification Audit is conducted on site to verify that you have implemented the management system across your organisation.

STEP 4

Years 2 & 3: Certification Maintenance

We will conduct an annual Surveillance Audit to check the ongoing implementation of management systems across your organisation.