Business Continuity Management
Business Continuity Standard ISO 22301:2019
ISO 22301 standard specifies requirements for setting up and managing an effective Business Continuity Management System (BCMS). ISO 22301 defines Business Continuity (BC) as the capability of the organization to continue delivery of products or services at acceptable predefined levels following a disruptive incident.
All organisations could be subject to disruptions; this may include a pandemic, a technology failure, flooding, utility disruption, fire, or terrorist attack. ISO 22301 certification is suitable for any organisation regardless of their size that wishes to manage their business risks and develop the capability to plan for, and respond to, incidents and business disruptions.
The benefits of Business Continuity Management
Being compliant with or certified to ISO 22301 can demonstrate your organisation is prepared when dealing with unexpected or disruptive situations. ISO 22301 provides a rehearsed method of restoring your ability to provide products and services to an agreed level and timeframe. This in turn provides you with a competitive edge thus improving chances of winning contracts with potential clients.
QEC UK Ltd have professional and Competent ISO 22301 Auditors, who will visit your business or organisation to conduct an impartial audit; validate conformity of your Business Continuity Management System to the standard and recommend an organisation or business (if warranted) for certification.
The ISO 22301 certification process
The ISO 22301 certification process involves two audits/assessments.
The first is a desktop review, sometimes referred to as a stage 1 audit and it assesses your current processes to identify any areas that need improving.
The second stage is an evidence-based audit, sometimes referred to as a stage 2. This determines if those areas have been improved and whether your systems meet the standards of ISO 22301.
How long does the ISO 22301 Certification last
The ISO 22301 certification is valid for 3 years subject to an annual surveillance audit.
Auditing and certification at your convenience
Some businesses are put off seeking ISO 22301 certification because they think it will disrupt their business.
The pandemic has served to fast-track the move to a blended approach to auditing and certification, with much of the process now being completed remotely, minimizing the need for always requiring site visits and associated disruption.
UKAS Accredited ISO 22301 Certification
QECUK can provide your UKAS Accredited ISO 22301 Certification. If you are interested in ISO 22301 Certification you should first purchase a copy of the standard which can be found here:
Remember, even if you have UKAS Accredited ISO 22301 Certification currently with another certification body, you may wish to change. This transfer can be made at any point during the certification journey, the service is completely free, you can apply for ISO 22301 with QECUK and we can become your new certification body.
ISO 22301 Consultancy Support
As a UKAS accredited certification body, we are unable to offer direct ISO 22301 consultancy to our clients in order for them to achieve UKAS Accredited ISO 22301 Certification. This is due to rigorous accreditation rules however we are able to put you in touch with organisations in your region that can support your ISO 22301 consultancy needs and provide guidance when implementing an ISO 22301 management system.