ISO 22301 standard and its Certification

About ISO 22301 Certification

ISO 22301 is the international standard for Business continuity management systems, created by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). The standard recommends the requirements for establishing, implementing, sustaining, and improving continually a Business continuity management system in an organization, whose purpose is to enable an organization to follow a systematic approach in achieving continual improvement of Business Management,.
ISO 22301 was originally released by ISO in June 2011 and is suitable for any organization, whatever its size, sector or geographical location.

iso 22301 certification Iraq

About ISO 22301 Certification:

Integrated Assessment Services in Iraq provides ISO 22301:2012 – Business continuity management systems Certification and also various other management systems
ISO 22301 Certification is an activity of verifying the organization through planned and informed ISO audits to confirm that the organization complies with the standard requirement of ISO 22301.

For an organization to obtain the ISO 22301 certification, it has to engage the services of a Certification Body. IAS is an ISO Certification Bodies in Iraq. IAS conducts auditing and providing ISO 22301 certification in Iraq and also offers ISO certification for various ISO standards. 

Coverage of ISO 22301 Certification in Iraq:

IAS is one of the highly performing as ISO Certification Bodies in Iraq. IAS conducts auditing and providing ISO 22301 certification in Iraq and also for various standards in Iraq. It also delivers, ISO 22301 Lead Auditor Training with IRCA accreditation, ISO 22301 Internal Auditor Training, and ISO 22301 Awareness/Foundation Training in Iraq. All these certification and Training services by IAS for the country is managed from its office in Iraq.

To know more about ISO 22301 Quality Management System and its certification,

Process to obtain an ISO Certification:  

  • Contact IAS by sending the application and call us for a free discussion and we can guide you in getting the ISO 22301 Certification.
  • Based on the Application form submitted by your organization, IAS initiates ISO certification process for your company. Your application will be scrutinized and IAS will come out with the plan to conduct audits. Our staff will be in touch with you to discuss and help you with the certification process. Check more detailed ISO certification procedure.
  • Plan and implement ISO 22301 standards requirements through documented Information (how this standard is practiced, monitored, and continually improved).
Certification Audit: If the company approves the ISO 22301 certification proposal, it then carries out the certification audit. This audit is basically composed of two phases:
  • Stage 1: The audit team prepares an Audit Plan, which must contain all issues to be reviewed at this phase. The activities carried out in this stage 2are basically the review of documentation generated by the company, i.e. mainly procedures, technical instructions, etc., and everything related to Management System (PDCA). Also, the company will plan dates and activities that will take place in the next stage, stage 2. As a result of stage 1, the audit team will develop and deliver an audit report to the company, which reflects all the detected deviations. So, the purpose of the stage 1 audit, also called Documentation Review, is to check whether the documentation is compliant with ISO 22301
  • Stage 2: As in stage 1, the audit team will prepare an Audit Plan for this phase, which will contain all the things to do and all the people involved. In this second stage 2the audit team will review everything that has been pending management system and PDCA + operational implementation of all ISO 22301 processes. As a result of this phase, an Audit Report is generated, which will contain all deviations from stage 2, plus the deviations that have not been treated in stage 1. stage 2 audit is to check whether the activities and processes in a company are compliant with the standard and with the documentation.
  • Receiving the Certificate: If the company closes all Nc’s of the report presented by the audit team and presents the necessary evidence to the Certification Body, the Certification Body finally approves the granting of the certificate to the company. The most common issue is that the certificate is granted, but sometimes may be rejected, due to the immaturity of the system.
  • Surveillance Audits: ISO certificate have 3 years validity, during which surveillance visits are conducted in the next 2 years, the company will have to face further audits each in a year.
  • Recertification Audit: After 3 years, when the certificate will expire, the company will have to face a recertification audit to maintain the certificate.

Benefits of obtaining ISO 22301 certification:

Customers won’t take kindly to downtime, slow performance, and delayed requests, so you need to do all you can to keep things running as smoothly as possible.

Protect assets, turnover, and profits:

Effective implementation of business continuity management ensures the organizations to protect their income stream following an incident while decreasing the risk of further impacts.

Ensure continuity of business operations: 

A BCMS helps maintain an organization’s service levels to its customers. It also helps business leaders to assess the potential impacts of an operational disruption, make the right decisions quickly, deploy an effective response, and minimize the overall impact.

Increased competitive advantage and corporate reputation: 

Organizations with an ISO 22301 can improve customer satisfaction in an organization.

Meet legal and regulatory requirements: 

Organizations can demonstrate they are taking steps to meet with the regulatory requirements, respect to country-specific legal requirements ie. such as the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the NIS Directives and

Obtain an independent assessment of your security posture: 

Accredited certification involves regular reviews and internal audits that provide an expert opinion as to whether the BCMS is functioning properly and provides the level of security needed to protect the organization’s products and services.
What an Organization should do to achieve certification?

  • Call IAS for conducting Audit and discuss audit procedure specific to your organization
  • Implement ISO 22301-Quality Management System in your organization. (E.g. Documenting, training the staffs with Awareness and Internal Audit, practicing the system etc)
  • Conduct at least one internal Audit program through trained QMS Internal Auditors.
  • Compile the collected data and complete the analysis.
  • Conduct a Management review with the help of analyzed data and effect the decision towards improving the Organization’s performance in line with company objectives & goals.
  • Complete the audit successfully. (Stage 1 and Stage 2)
  • Closure of Non-conformance, if any.
  • Collect and maintain the ISO 22301 certification.
  • Comply with the surveillance audit annually.
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