The rules and regulations of business continuity management

News   •   Sep 22, 2014 12:20 BST

Why do we perform business continuity management (BCM)? Is it because we want to make sure that our organisations are able to respond to any future crisis? Probably yes! Is it because it’s just plain common sense that you would want your organisation to be prepared for any future eventuality? That would seem the sensible thing to do!

In many cases however, it is also because there is a legal obligation to do so. Many industries are tightly regulated, some more heavily than others, and therefore must have plans in place to deal with certain scenarios. There is also variation on an international scale with some countries having rules in place that others don’t. Legislation, regulations, standards and guidelines are being created and revised all the time and it is sometimes difficult to understand which ones are applicable to you. This is especially the case when you operate internationally.

There is a solution however. The Business Continuity Institute has published what it believes to be the most comprehensive list of legislation, regulations, standards and guidelines in the field of business continuity management. This list was put together based upon information provided by the members of the Institute from all across the world. Some of the items may only be indirectly related to BCM, and should not be interpreted as specifically designed for the industry, but rather they contain sections that could be useful to a BCM practitioner.

The ‘BCM Legislations, Regulations, Standards and Good Practice’ document breaks the list down by country and for each entry provides a brief summary of what the regulation entails, which industries it applies to, what the legal status of it is, who has authority for it and, finally, it provides a link to the full document itself.

The BCI has done its best to check the validity of these details but takes no responsibility for their accuracy and currency at any particular time or in any particular circumstances. To download a copy of the document, click here.