ISO 22300 – Business Continuity

ISO 22300 is a family of standards related to Societal Security: the survival of nations and citizens and  concerns the security of critical functions of society, rather than the classical focus on the security of the territory. This shift entails the ability of the government and civil society to function, critical infrastructures to be maintained, the
democratic ability to govern, and to manifest certain basic values.

Introduction to Societal Security

In recent years there have been many highly consequential natural disasters, terrorist attacks and severe crises, which have propelled the issue of crisis management to the top of the national agenda in many countries. As functions in society are shared there is a need to engage individuals, organizations, the private sector and the government in an inclusive discussion on how to better prepare, respond to and recover from crises.

Thus, the “umbrella”-concept of societal security is aimed at countering the threats and vulnerabilities in society that require comprehensive crisis management and business continuity systems which are multi- sector, multi-national and multi-continental.

ISO 22301:2012

Societal security – Business continuity management systems – Requirements

ISO 22301 provides the capacity for holistic crisis management emphasizing interoperability and including  all key phases of crises. This capacity should have an overall flexibility in order to be able to manage crises that include un-predicted and un-expected elements and events. The purpose is to build a greater overall resilience in the face of a broad range of societal vulnerabilities and disruptive challenges.

The ISO 22300 series

The ISO 22300 standards include:

ISO 22300:2012 Societal security – Terminology
ISO 22301:2012 Societal security – Business continuity management systems – Requirements
ISO 22311:2012 Societal security – Video-surveillance – Export interoperability
ISO 22313:2012 Societal security – Business continuity management systems – Guidance
ISO 22315:2014 Societal security – Mass evacuation – Guidelines for planning
ISO 22320:2011 Societal security – Emergency management – Requirements for incident response
ISO 22322:2015 Societal security – Emergency management – Guidelines for public warning
ISO 22324:2015 Societal security – Emergency management – Guidelines for colour-coded alert
ISO 22397:2014 Societal security – Guidelines for establishing partnering arrangements
ISO 22398:2013 Societal security – Guidelines for exercises

The FSSC 22000 Food Safety System Certification provides a framework for effectively managing your organization’sfood safety responsibilities. FSSC 22000 is fully recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) and is based on existing ISO Standards. It demonstrates your company has a robust Food Safety Management System in place that meets the requirements of your customers and consumers. Already, 10.000+ organizations over 140 countries achieved FSSC 22000 certification. With currently 100+ Licensed Certification Bodies and over 1,500 auditors worldwide, our mission is to ensure consumer trust in the supply of safe food and drinks.

The British Retail Consortium (or BRC) is one of the leading trade associations in the United Kingdom. They represent all forms of retailers from small, independently owned stores, to big chain stores and department stores. It represents 80% of retail trade in the UK by turnover.

The British Retail Consortium was formed in January 1992 when the British Retailers’ Association and the Retail Consortium merged. In 1998 it produced the first edition of the BRC Food Technical Standard and Protocol for food suppliers. This has been widely adopted not just throughout the UK but around the world. It campaigns for the retail industry and is the authoritative voice of retail, recognised for its powerful campaigning and influence within government and as a provider of in-depth retail information. In addition, the BRC produce standards that manufacturers have to comply with, in different product areas, such as food, packaging and consumer products. Companies exporting to the UK have to reach the BRC’s standards to be certified via their own inspectors. Companies supplying supermarkets with own label food products often have to comply with the BRCstandards: they are an industry-wide benchmark for quality and food safety.

SQF 2000 (HACCP)

Today’s consumers are more educated about the food they’re providing their families and requiring more information about food quality. One link in the food chain does not get rattled without it affecting the next link. Customers expect more from their retailers and food service providers, who in turn expect more from their suppliers.

Heightened consumer demand for increased food safety assurances moves down the chain with retailers and serviceproviders asking suppliers to provide verifiable proof that robust food safety control systems have been effectively implemented. These systems must have been properly validated and show evidence of continuous monitoring procedures. This is where the Safe Quality Food (SQF) Program comes in.

  • SQF is recognized by retailers and foodservice providers around the world who require a rigorous, credible food safety management system.
  • Using the SQF certification program will help reduce assessment inconsistencies and costs of multiple assessment standards.
  • The SQF Program is recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) and links primary production certification to food manufacturing, distribution and agent/broker management certification.
  • Administered by the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), SQF benefits from continual retailer feedback about consumer concerns. These benefits are passed on to SQF certified suppliers, keeping them a step ahead of their competitors.
  • SQF is the only scheme to integrate a quality component as well as food safety.

The SQF 2000 code offers a solution for primary producers, manufacturers, distributors, and brokers by creating one standard for food safety from farm to fork. Also, by requiring both regulatory and customer compliance, the SQF codeis equipped for an ever evolving market.

In addition to the SQF code, SQFI standards have expanded to include an ethical sourcing code and management system, as well as a joint program with the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) that promotes safe animal feed and food production.