The new International Standard for Business Continuity – ISO 22301 Societal Security Business Continuity Management Systems Requirements – is going to be published mid-May 2012. We’ll send you a link so you can download it as soon as it’s live.
The aim of the International Standard is to encourage consistency around the globe that began with BS25999. Because BS25999 has “British” in it’s title, some countries are less happy to adopt it; the new ISO resolves this issue.
It’s been developed, using BS25999 as its basis, with lots of input from the British BSI, the US’s ANSI, Standards in Singapore and Australia.
Of course, BS25999 is the world’s most popular Standard. It will be officially withdrawn by the BSI on 1 November 2012. But it’s ok! This is required for the BSI to accept the ISO. There will be a seriously long transition period; those certified against BS25999 will remain so and will probably find it easier than other companies to transition to ISO certification, if that’s what they desire. In fact, they can even keep their BS2999 status until mid-2014, so there’s plenty of time.
One thing to note – though ISO 22301 is being heralded as “the new thing” the detailed guidance documents for business continuity – which are in ISO 22313 – aren’t going to be released until early 2013…
They don’t make it easy for us, do they?
Don’t forget: we’ll email you as soon as it’s published with a download link.
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