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International business continuity management systems standard undergoes revision

by Brian Sims

The public consultation process for the revision of the international business continuity management systems standard BS EN ISO 22301 DIS Business Continuity Management Systems is open until Tuesday 26 February. ISO has released the official ISO 22301 Draft International Standard (DIS) for public comment. As the UK’s national standards body, the BSI is seeking to consult with continuity and resilience practitioners, managers and other interested parties to participate in the review process which is aimed at improving this hugely successful business continuity management systems standard.

The ability of an organisation to continue operating during and after a disruption has never been more important. That organisation’s business continuity plans are the link to supporting the individuals and teams that will respond to any disruption. This public consultation on ISO 22301 will help to ensure that the standard remains relevant to today’s businesses by providing up-to-date guidance in consistent and simple terms. .

BS EN ISO 22301 DIS Business Continuity Management Systems specifies the requirements to establish, implement, operate, monitor, review, maintain and continually improve a management system. The aim of this system is to protect against, reduce the likelihood of occurrence, prepare for, respond to and recover from disruptions when and where they arise.

The anticipated benefits of this updated international standard include increasing the capability to:

*inspire trust in a business’ ability to continue operations through a disruption

*protect a given business’ reputation

*respond to legislative requirements

*reduce the cost of disruption

*create a competitive advantage

*contribute towards organisational resilience

Anne Hayes

Anne Hayes

Anne Hayes, head of governance and resilience at the BSI, told Risk Xtra: “The business landscape is constantly changing and, therefore, so must continuity strategies. The solutions required to deal with episodes of disruption need to keep evolving. There’s clearly a dependency between those who implement solutions and those who help in shaping the standard. This is precisely why we’re encouraging everyone to engage and share their feedback on this draft international standard.”

*Experts can register their comments online at:

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