ISO 22301 Certification
Business Continuity Management

Protect your business, revenue and reputation from disruption.

We live in volatile times. Your organisation needs to be prepared for the worst, whether that’s floods, fires, cyber attacks or terrorism. The ISO 22301 Business Continuity Management System (BCMS) gives you the tools to keep going when disaster strikes. It will also help you put in place best practice procedures for reducing the threat of disruption from activities inside your business.

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What is ISO 22301?

ISO 22301 is an internationally recognised standard that is designed to allow businesses to implement, maintain and improve a business continuity management system (BCMS). The ISO 22301 standard helps you understand and prioritise threats to your organisation. Its BCMS specifies the steps you need to take to reduce the threat of disruption, protect your assets if something does go wrong, and recover quickly from any incidents.

The standard is of particular interest to businesses looking to ensure their products and services can continue to be delivered at an acceptable capacity during a disruption.

The benefits of ISO 22301

Here are the top benefits of using the ISO 22301 framework:

  1. Minimising disruption: by following the international best practice strategy of ’Plan, Do, Check, Act’, ISO 22301 helps you minimise disruption and maintain your services

  2. Flexibility and responsiveness: by improving your crisis management techniques, ISO helps you deal quickly with any disruption, local or international, and rapidly restore services

  3. Accountability: by helping you define acceptable timescales for resuming business activities, the BCMS ensures your stakeholders know what level of service to expect following any disruption

  4. Competitive advantage: by strengthening management across your organisation, internationally recognised BCMS will increase client confidence in your services

  5. Continuous improvement: by submitting your Business Continuity Management System to regular audits and risk assessments, you’ll ensure it remains effective

  6. Regulatory compliance: by demonstrating that you comply with risk management laws regulations, you’ll increase the confidence of employees, customers and other stakeholders

  7. Save money: in some cases ISO 22301 can reduce internal and external BCMS audit costs, as well as insurance premiums, this could help your business improve its financial performance

  8. Optimise customer services: by strengthening management controls, you will be able maintain agreed levels of critical services and products to customers even if you face disruption

  9. Stronger management: by increasing management involvement and identifying internal external risks, the ISO 22301 framework ensures the effectiveness of your BCMS

  10. Brand reputation: by demonstrating your commitment to maintaining excellent service even in times of disruption, ISO 22301 certification can enhance your reputation with customers.

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The requirements of ISO 22301

The ISO 22301 standard uses a structure of ten clauses called Annex SL which, roughly grouped together, cover four key areas:

  1. Continuity – the processes your business must follow to run a successful Business Continuity Management System and monitor, prevent, assess and recover from disruptions to your business

  2. Management Responsibility – the areas where your management team need to focus on, be involved with and be accountable for

  3. Resource Management – how resources such as people, infrastructure and facilities must be assigned to ensure the best possible performance

  4. Measurement, Analysis and Improvement – how you can determine if your Management System is working as expected, facilitating the continual improvement of your system

Frequently asked questions

What is ISO 22301:2019?

What is the difference between ISO 27001 and ISO 22301?

What is ISO 22301:2012?

What is BS 25999-2:2007?

How can we help your business?

Our process gets your business certified for success:

Expert

Our nationwide team of consultants and auditors has provided certifications to clients ranging from SMEs to blue chip organisations across a broad spectrum of verticals and industries.

Affordable

Our processes add value at every stage, without taking up unwarranted management time. We commit to providing you with the best possible value for money – including a price promise from the outset, along with the ability to stagger payments at no extra cost.

Simple

We remove the red tape and paperwork for you, making the process as smooth and uncomplicated as possible, and ensuring you get the framework that works for you.

How have businesses benefited from ISO certification?

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    We were recently audited on our ISO 9001, ISO 14001 & OHSAS 18001 systems by [the Consultant], who spent two days at our offices in Bromley Kent.He is a familiar face having audited our business in 3 prior years. He is an extremely experienced and inquisitive, asking insightful questions to ensure that the processes we have in place are deemed to be as bespoke as possible.[The Consultant] made a number of recommendations that we have since implemented and the whole experience was as stated above, excellent from our perspective.
    Andrew Sargent, Axiom Maintain Limited

    The auditor was very professional with his approach. I wish that all accreditation had more auditors like [him]. I wish [he] could undertake all of our accreditation even outside of QMS........But you cant have it all!!!
    Kevin Graham, Health and Safety Manager, H.E. Services (Plant Hire) Ltd

3 Steps to Certification

With our help, the certification process can take as little as 45 days to complete

Getting to grips with the gaps

We’ll spend some time with you carrying out a gap analysis to see how your current processes and procedures match up to the requirements of the ISO Standard. And we’ll collect details of the areas that already do so we can create your bespoke management system for you in our smart online hub, Atlas.

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Getting up to Standard

Now it’s time to make any changes. With handy reminders to help you keep on track of tasks and editable templates at your fingertips, you can make sure all the records you need are in place to achieve certification.

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Getting ISO certification

An ISO auditor will check you’ve addressed any gaps correctly and that you’re following the documented processes. Once everything is in place, you’ll be recommended for certification. Your new certificate and certification marks will be ready to download from Atlas.

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Your all-in-one management system solution

Formerly known as QMS Connect, Atlas ISO delivers all the tools you need to achieve and maintain ISO compliance.

With simple navigation, real-time reporting and the ability to modify and update content on the go, Atlas keeps you in control. Accessible online via your computer, tablet or smartphone 24 hours a day, Atlas ISO helps you manage your ISO Management System in real-time.

Atlas helps engage your teams, so that you can capture data that will drive business decisions – increasing repeat business, reducing customer complaints and ultimately saving you both time and money.

ISO 22301 Resources

    Guide to ISO certification

    Why you should choose us to assist your business with ISO certification

    Standard Overview: ISO 22301

    Overview of the ISO 22301 Business Continuity Management System Standard

    Understanding the Basics of ISO 22301

    Checklist for ISO 22301:2012 implementation

    Understand what ISO 22301:2012 requires from your business

    Understand what ISO 22301 requires from your business

    Guide to implementing ISO 22301

    Understand the principles of ISO 22301 and how they impact your business

    Understand the principles of ISO 22301 and what they require from your business

    Company Profile

    Find out about us, our achievements and some of our clients

Latest ISO 22301 news

At Citation ISO Certification we are constantly updating our approach and process to meet the latest changes in how ISO 22301 works.
  

    How well did businesses adapt to the pandemic?

    What did businesses do when the pandemic spread in 2020? How well did they cope, and how did staff deal with the changes? To find out, we went and asked them.

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    Case study: How Copart UK improved its continuity planning

    Copart UK wanted to enhance their services and provide reassurance to clients in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read on to find out how QMS’ Business Continuity Solution helped them to develop a robust plan and set them on the course for ISO 22301.

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    Did business continuity plans help businesses during lockdown?

    When the first national lockdown was announced, businesses across the country had to adapt quickly. But were those with business continuity plans better able to deal with the challenge? We went to find out.

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