ISO 22301:2012 Business Continuity Management System

In today’s fast paced global economy, businesses large or small are likely to face frequent disruptions to their daily operations. These can be anything from adverse weather conditions or financial markets in turmoil to cyber-attacks and the threat of international terrorism.

How can businesses prepare and respond to these unexpected disruptions to ensure the continuation of services and production processes?

This question led to the creation of a new international standard: The Business Continuity Management System Standard (BCMS) or ISO 22301:2012”.

ISO 22301 provides a framework to plan, establish, implement, operate, monitor, review, maintain and continually improve a business continuity management system. It is expected to help organisations protect against, prepare for, respond to, and recover when disruptive incidents arise.

ISO 22301 will assist organisations in the design of a BCMS that is appropriate to its needs and meets its stakeholders’ requirements. These needs are shaped by legal, regulatory, organisational and industry factors, the organisation's products and services, its size and structure, its processes, and its stakeholders.

Business Continuity Management is an ongoing management process requiring competent people working with appropriate support and structures that will perform when needed.