ISO 22301 is a management systems standard for business continuity management. It is a ‘generic standard’ in that it is designed to be used by organisations regardless of size and type or nature. It specifies requirements to plan, establish, implement, operate, monitor, review, maintain and continually improve a documented management system to protect against, reduce the likelihood of, prepare for, respond to, and recover from disruptive incidents.

Like ISO 9001, the standard uses the common language structure and it’s layout is similar to that of 9001.

Organisations can obtain accredited certification against this standard and so demonstrate to legislators, regulators, customers, prospective customers and other interested parties that they are adhering to good practice in BCM.

At present there are relatively few certificates issued, some 3,133 (ISO Survey 2015), compared to ISO 9001:2015 at 1,033,000. But this number is growing quickly, up 78 per cent over the previous year, making it the fastest growing of all ISO standards at present.