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ISO 22301 Documentation Requirements

Recently, I have been reading about ISO documentation as I venture deeper into the implementation of BCM with ISO as the backdrop.  It is pretty difficult for me to

PCDA Cycle Applied to BCMS Processess

PCDA Cycle Applied to BCMS Processess

move away from the BCM practice rarther than focusing on the true meaning and principles behind ISO.

It is concluded that the ISO 22301 documentation is at the core of any ISO 22301 business continuity management system (BCMS). What makes the ISO 22301 documentation so important? There are two important aspects your organization has to:

(1)  document its entire ISO 22301 BCMS (the ISO 22301:2012 standard contains precise requirements for the various documents); and

(2) do everything that is contained in your organization’s ISO 22301 documentation.

It is important to note that your organization not only needs to have a pretty set of ISO 22301 documents but also needs to actually conduct its business continuity practices according to these documents, it is crucial that the ISO 22301 documentation not only meets ISO 22301:2012 requirements but that the ISO 22301 documentation is efficient and does not increase the bureaucracy at your organization.  This is where I need to claibrate between what is a good BCM and what is a good ISO BCMS documentation.

I would like to continue this journey and share more as we implement more ISO 22301 BC management systems.

Author: moh_heng

Dr Goh Moh Heng is the Managing Director of GMH Continuity Architects and President of Business Continuity Management (BCM) Institute.

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