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Business continuity standard review

A public consultation for revising the international business continuity management systems standard, BS EN ISO 22301 DIS Business continuity management systems, is open until Tuesday, February 26.

The international standards body ISO has released the official ISO 22301 Draft International Standard for Public Comment (DIS). BSI, as the UK’s standards body, is seeking views of continuity and resilience practitioners, managers, and others. You can register comments online at:

British Standards says that the ability of an organisation to continue operating during and after a disruption has never been more important, and its business continuity plans are the link to supporting the individuals and teams that will respond to that disruption. This public consultation of ISO 22301 will help ensure that it remains relevant to business 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 they arise. BSI adds that the international standard offers:

• trust in your ability to continue operations through a disruption
• reputation
• response to legislative requirements
• reduced cost of disruption
• a competitive advantage
• Organisational Resilience

Anne Hayes, Head of Governance and Resilience at BSI, said: “Our business landscape is constantly changing and therefore our continuity strategy and so the solutions to deal with disruption need to keep evolving too. There is clearly a dependency between those who implement solutions and those who help shape the standard. This is why we are encouraging everyone to engage and share their feedback on this draft international standard.”


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