ISO 22301 Standard for Business Continuity Management

 ( May 16, 2012 -- The world's first international standard for Business Continuity Management (BCM) has been officially launched. ISO 22301 has been named as "Societal Security - Business Continuity Management systems - Requirements". It specifies requirements which are intended to be applicable to any organisation, regardless of its size and nature.

The standard has been specifically designed to ensure continued business functionality during the most unexpected circumstances. The new ISO 22301 business continuity standard applies to all types and sizes of organisations that wish to:

• establish, implement, maintain and improve a Business Continuity Management System
• assure conformity with the organization's stated business continuity policy
• demonstrate conformity to others
• seek certification/registration of its BCMS by an accredited third party certification body
• make a self-determination and self-declaration of conformity with this International Standard

In the weeks to come, Vocal Ltd, a BS25999 accredited organisation, will be reviewing the new ISO 22301 standard and commenting on how it impacts the organisation's business continuity management.

A copy of the new standard can be downloaded from the BSI website.

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