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What is ISO 22301?

ISO 22301 is the world’s first international Business Continuity Management standard. It provides a framework to protect against, reduce the likelihood or occurrence, prepare for, respond to and recover from disruptive incidents when they arise.

Events such as fire, floods, natural disasters, thefts or criminal acts, IT disruption, staff shortages or even a terrorist attack can be identified, before beginning a recovery plan to minimise disruption in the running of your business.

By its very nature, a continuity planning and management system like ISO 22301 means that these problems can be identified before they happen. This allows you to put plans in place to ensure the smooth running of your critical business functions during a time of crisis.

Why seek ISO 22301 certification?

Many organisations seek certification to ISO 22301 to enable them to understand, develop and implement a structured and formalised business continuity management system, helping minimise risk and the chance of disruption to the organisation, identify what responses will be needed if a disruption occurs and provides the capability to adequately react in case of disruption.

Holding certification to ISO 22301 also demonstrate to stakeholders that your business continuity capability is appropriate to the size and complexity of your organisation.

Benefits of ISO 22301 certification

Delivery following a disruption it provides a rehearsed method of restoring the ability to supply critical products and services to an agreed level and timeframe

Resilience proactively improves resilience when faced with the disruption of an organisation’s ability to achieve key objectives

Management delivers a proven capability for managing a disruption and protecting (and enhancing) reputation and brand

The requirements specified in ISO 22301 are generic and intended to be applicable to all organisations, or parts thereof, regardless of type, size and nature of the organisation’s operating environment and complexity.
  • Gives you the ability to identify and mitigate current threats and potential crisis in your business
  • Helps to minimise the loss and disruption caused by the impact of these incidents
  • Ensures the smooth running of critical business systems
  • Helps to make sure that unavoidable downtime is minimised and you can recover as quickly as possible

Why choose Alcumus ISOQAR for your certification?

  • ​UKAS accredited services demonstrating our competence and impartiality
  • Our Expert Auditors’ industry experience is matched to your organisation’s activity, enabling you to get the most out of your assessment
  • Our audit fees are among the lowest in our sector
  • We provide audits and answer queries quickly and efficiently
  • We offer a consistent and professional service resulting in a practical and meaningful audit experience
  • We have an enviable record for customer satisfaction
  • Besides having UK based auditors, we can also deliver certification audits internationally.

Taking the next steps

If you are currently with another certification provider, you can transfer to Alcumus ISOQAR with no break in your certification. We make transferring your ISO certification convenient, and there is no fee to transfer!

We will take care of the administration and make sure that there is no disruption to your organisation. Your audit schedule can be kept the same - or changed if you would prefer.
Once you decide to implement ISO 22301, the first step is to learn about its best practice recommendations and compare these to your existing processes. This will help you identify any gaps or weaknesses in your current quality management systems, and give practical advice on how to improve.

The next step is to plan how to introduce the key principles of business continuity into your organisation. Update or renew your processes according to the guidelines set out in the ISO 22301 standard, then communicate the changes internally. If you need extra support during this stage, an ISO 22301 consultant will be able to advise you and provide you with a gap analysis pre-assessment to make sure you’re ready for certification.

Once you and your consultant are satisfied that your business continuity processes align with the principles set out in ISO 22301, it’s time to book your certification.

We will complete a full audit of your business processes. If they meet the requirements of ISO 22301, we will then issue you with certification.

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