ISO 22301

Business Continuity Management Systems

ISO 22301 is the business continuity management system (BCMS) standard. It provides a framework that helps protect companies from the risks associated with downtime, which can occur due to unexpected impact of disruptions or disasters. It plays a vital role in ensuring your organisation can continue operating and meeting customers’ requirements.

Through our UKAS-accredited parent company, Amtivo Group, we can provide UKAS-accredited certificates to ISO 22301.

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ISO 22301 Certification

  • Achieve ISO 22301 certification with an internationally accredited certification body.
  • Minimise risks and impact of disruptions to your organisation’s management systems.
  • Set out clear frameworks achieved through well-coordinated strategies and procedures.
  • Demonstrate continuity management competence to customers and stakeholders.
  • Suitable for all types and sizes of organisations across all sectors.

What is ISO 22301:2019?

Disruption to your business can result in revenue loss, failure to adhere to contractual obligations and service level agreements (SLAs), resulting in lost customers and reputational harm. ISO 22301 provides a framework for an effective business continuity management system (BCMS) to reduce the risk of disruptions affecting business processes, maintaining uptime.

The ISO 22301 standard ensures an effective business continuity management system in place and that internal staff members are fully aware of their role within the system should an incident response. Implementing an effective BCMS will help your organisation quickly recover from a disaster or disruption. The BCMS can also safeguard an organisation against reputational damage from missed deadlines, data leakages, IT outages, industrial actions, disappointed clients or direct financial losses due to the disruption.

ISO 22301 certification provides a framework that allows organisations to:

  • Maximise quality and efficiency based on the Plan, Do, Check, Act concept.
  • Identify, manage and control risks associated with downtime.
  • Ensure organisational resilience and flexibility during disruptions.
  • Develop recovery and continuity plans to ensure continuity operations.
  • Create a culture of risk awareness and the impact of external factors.
  • Protect revenue and organisational reputation.

What are the benefits of ISO 22301?

With the globalized business environment, having a robust business continuity management system is crucial to mitigate potential risks to your organization. The ISO 22301 standard assists businesses in conducting a comprehensive risk assessment and developing strategies to minimize the impact of any identified risks. It includes a business impact analysis (BIA) process, which enables organizations to identify critical business functions and prioritize resources accordingly. By continually improving the BIA process, businesses can stay ahead of emerging threats and develop effective response plans. ISO 22301 also guides businesses in developing alternative suppliers, sites, products, and services that can be deployed in the event of a disruption, enabling businesses to plan for both short-term and long-term contingencies. There are nearly 5,000 sites across the world certified to ISO 22301, according to The ISO Survey.

ISO 22301 certification allows organisations to:

  • Organisational improvement with a clear understanding of your whole organisation.
  • Maintain an up-to-date business continuity plan due to regular auditing.
  • Help ensure compliance with legal and regulatory requirements.
  • Reduce costs that are lost due to downtime and halted productivity.
  • Save costs through lower insurance premiums through a certified BCMS.
  • Meet client SLAs and ensure consistent and predictable output.
  • Strengthen internal management and risk awareness culture.
  • Apply for tenders that require a BCMS system in place.
  • Protect organisational reputation from an inability to operate.
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How to become ISO 22301 certified

Achieving ISO 22301 certification involves implementing a business continuity management system and undergoing certification.

We’ve certified hundreds of organisations to ISO standards, including brands such as Diageo, Greenstar and Liverpool Victoria. Certification Europe also provides ISO training for ISO 22301.

Our team of independent, qualified ISO assessors conduct an initial assessment to ensure continuity you meet legal and regulatory requirements needed to implement ISO 22301. This stage is followed by a multi-stage evaluation, audit and review to determine the effectiveness of the systems in place. It seeks to confirm the management system is implemented and operational.

Once your organisation is successfully certified, it will receive official certification, which can be used in marketing materials and evidence of your BCMS when working with stakeholders or applying for new business.

Start your journey to ISO 22301 certification

Contact our team to receive a free no-obligation competitive quotation from our dedicated business development team. We’re specialists in working with organisations from all sectors and types of business, which means we can tailor a quote to meet legal and regulatory requirements your requirements. We support a range of ISO standards, including ISO 27001, ISO 45001, ISO 9001 and Cyber Essentials.

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The Certification Journey

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The Certification Journey

Stage One

The initial assessment determines if the mandatory requirements of the standard are being met and if the management system is capable of proceeding to Stage 2.


Stage Two

The second assessment determines the effectiveness of the system, and seeks to confirm that the management system is implemented and operational.


Recommendation for Certification

At this point in the process we review any corrective actions taken to address findings raised at Stage 1 & 2. Certification may be recommended.


Certification Review & Decision

The organisations files are reviewed by an independent and impartial panel and the certification decision is made.


Certification Achieved

Successful certification is communicated to the client. Certificates are issued.


ISO 22301 FAQs

ISO 22301:2019 is the second edition of the ISO 22301 standard. At Certification Europe, we always use the most relevant and up-to-date ISO standard to meet current certification requirements.

ISO 22301 is best suited to organisations that do not have the luxury of managing downtime without disruption. IT companies, for example, cannot afford outages as this could mean the difference in clients moving to competitors that seem more reliable. As markets grow more competitive implementing systems like ISO 22301 can mean the difference in retaining and growing your client base.

In recent years we have seen other industries such as construction and the public sector implement the standard. If your organisation needs to reassure clients, staff, and stakeholders that you have a plan in place to manage disruptions that minimise downtime, then ISO 22301 certification is the perfect option.

The ISO 22301 standard lasts for three years and is subject to mandatory audits every year to ensure compliance. At the end of the three years, you will be required to complete a reassessment audit to receive the standard for an additional three years.

Certification Europe can provide training around ISO 22301. Contact our team to learn more about our ISO training services and the ISO 22301 training courses we offer.

Certification Europe is accredited by UKAS to ensure that the services we provide are exceptional and meet rigorous certification standards.

We are audited annually to ensure its services meet the exact requirements of the relevant accreditation standards.

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