ISO 22301 (BCMS)
The lasting success of companies does not only depend upon the prevention of issues and incidents, but also upon being prepared when the inevitable occurs.
Fire, flood, natural disasters, theft, IT outage, and health problems can instantly bring production to a standstill – without warning and when you least expect it.
A proactive approach allows you to minimize the impact of incidents, and to understand the effects of potential threats. Our qualified auditors will assist you in assessing risks, and propose remedies for any gaps you may have in your crisis plan.
Organizations of any type and size can benefit from implementing a business continuity management system. The ISO 22301 standard is particularly relevant for industry sectors where interruptions have potentially serious consequences, such as the transportation sector, energy, finance and telecommunication.
Content & Structure
The implementation of a BCM in accordance with ISO 22301 enables you to identify the factors that may negatively affect the continuity of your operations. By systematically identifying those factors and implementing preventative measures, contingency plans and response procedures, you prepare your organization for the worst. The standard specifies requirements for an effective BCM system.
Benefits Of Iso 22301 Certification
Implementation and certification of a business continuity management system creates significant benefits:
- Optimized preventative measures
- Assurance for clients, business partners and shareholders that your organization is prepared
- Evidence of due diligence in case of complaints following a business interruption
- Saving costs by protecting productivity
- Minimized downtime, maximized resilience
Certification Process – Here’s How It Works
The audit can be conducted whenever you feel ready. The duration of the audit depends on the size of the site and the complexity of the processes, but is always at least 1 day. After a successful certification audit, you obtain a certificate with a validity of three years. After certification, yearly surveillance audits will be necessary to maintain certified status.
Dqs – Your Partner For Certification
DQS is your partner for ISO 22301 certification. We schedule audits without hassle, rely exclusively on experienced auditors, create added value with intelligent audit reports and guide you through the entire certification process.
The process starts with the client’s needs and expectations. DQS wants to learn about the client’s organization, its management system, size and types of operation. Together both parties will define objectives for the assessment and/or certification, including applicable standards and specifications.
DQS will provide a detailed offer for assessment and certification services, tailored to individual client needs, based on the information provided initially. A written contract will specify all relevant deliverables as well as applicable assessment and certification criteria.
A pre-audit can serve as initial performance or gap analysis, identifying strengths and areas for improvement. For larger assessment and certification projects a project planning meeting provides a valuable opportunity for the client to meet the lead assessor and develop a customized assessment plan for all functions and locations involved. Both services are optional.
The assessment procedure itself begins with review and evaluation of system documentation, goals, results of management review and internal audits. During this process, it will be determined whether the client’s management system is sufficiently developed and ready for certification. The assessor will explain findings and coordinate any required activities to prepare for the on-site system assessment.
The assigned auditor team will audit the client’s management system at the place of production or service delivery. Applying defined management system standards and specifications, the assessment team will evaluate the effectiveness of all functional areas as well as all management system processes, based upon observations, inspections, interviews, review of pertinent records, and other assessment techniques. The audit result, including all findings will be presented to the client during the closing meeting. Required action plans will be agreed upon as necessary.
The independent certification function of DQS will evaluate the audit process and its results, and decide independently about issuance of the certificate. The client receives an audit report, documenting the audit results. When all applicable requirements are fulfilled the client also receives the certificate.
Either semi-annually or at least once per year, there will be an on-site audit of the critical components of the management system. Improvement potential will be identified, with a focus on continual improvement and sustained effectiveness.
A management system certificate is valid for a limited period of time, frequently for a maximum of three years. At the end of this cycle, a re-audit will be carried out to ensure the ongoing fulfillment of all applicable requirements. Subject to this fulfillment, a new certificate will be issued.
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