ISO 22301 (ISO 22301:2012) is the International Standard for business continuity and lays out a specification for a business continuity management system (BCMS). ISO 22301 was first published in May 2012.
The predecessor to ISO 22301 was BS25999, the British Standard for business continuity. With the release of ISO 22301, BS25999 was withdrawn which meant that organisations certified to BS25999 had a two year period from the date of the publication of the ISO 22301 standard in which to convert their management system to be compliant with the new standard. This was announced by UKAS earlier last year.
Subsequent guidance has been published in the form of supplementary standards to help with BCMS conversion or implementation, one of which includes ISO 22313, replacing BS25999-1). Several books have also been published on gaining certification against the standard:
- The Route Map to Business Continuity Management. Meeting the Requirements for ISO22301 (ISO 22301)
- Business Continuity Management Systems – Implementation and Certification to ISO 22301
- Auditing Business Continuity Management Plans. Assess and Improve Your Performance Against ISO 22301
- Business Continuity Communications. Successful Incident Communication Planning with ISO 22301