SGS Accredited By UKAS On Business Continuity Management (BS 25999)

Top Quote SGS is pleased to confirm that it has achieved accreditation to provide certification against the requirements of BS 25999, Business Continuity Management System standard after a successful assessment by UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) of its Competence Centre in Japan. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) January 12, 2011 - SGS is one of the few certification bodies in the world accredited on BS 25999 with a scope including EA codes.

    "We are very proud of this achievement and to be able to provide our clients and prospects with an accredited Business Continuity Management Systems certificate", says Peter Marriott, Global Technical Manager at SGS Systems and Services Certification business.

    About BS 25999

    One of British Standards aim for Business continuity management is published in two parts:
    - Part 1: Code of practice (2006);
    - Part 2: Specification (2007).

    Business Continuity Management is a holistic management process that identifies potential impacts that threaten an organization and provides a framework for building resilience and the capability for an effective response that safeguards the interests of its key stakeholders, reputation, brand and value creating activities to ensure a end to end ability.

    The BS 25999 specifies requirements for planning, establishing, implementing, operating, monitoring, reviewing, exercising, maintaining and improving a documented BCMS within the context of managing an organization's overall business risks, which is a business-owned, business-driven process that establishes a fit-for-purpose strategic and operational framework that:

    proactively improves an organization's resilience against the disruption of its ability to achieve its key objectives;

    provides a rehearsed method of restoring an organization's ability to supply its key products and services to an agreed level within an agreed time after a disruption; and delivers a proven capability to manage a business disruption and protect the organization's reputation and brand.

    While the individual processes of business continuity can change with an organization's size, structures and responsibilities, the basic principles remain exactly the same for voluntary, private or public sector organizations, regardless of their size, scope or complexity.

    In common with modern management system standards the BS 25999 utilizes the Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) cycle for developing, implementing, and improving the effectiveness of an organization's business continuity management system.

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