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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Building Resilience: ISO Standard for Business Continuity Updated

Business interruption and the potential impact on revenues, profits, contracts, and customers is an ever present concern for business executives. Hurricanes, flooding, wildfires, and now preemptive power outages are in the news. An effective business continuity management capability is essential and increasingly a customer requirement.

ISO 22301, "Business Continuity Management Systems – Requirements," is one of the two leading standards for business continuity programs along with NFPA 1600 “Standard on Continuity, Emergency, and Crisis Management,” which is published by the National Fire Protection Association.

The 2019 edition of ISO 22301 has been published by ISO and is available for purchase. ISO has also published a free publication explaining the standard: https://www.iso.org/news/ref2446.html.

Don Schmidt, CEO of Preparedness, LLC, is a long-time member of the USA’s Technical Advisory Group to ISO’s 292 and predecessor 223 committee that is responsible for ISO 22301 and related standards. He is also the past-chair of the NFPA 1600 technical committee. If you have questions about ISO 22301 or NFPA 1600, please contact us.

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