ISO/PAS 22399:2007 Societal security - Guideline for incident preparedness and operational continuity management

Natural disasters, acts of terror, technology-related accidents and environmental incidents have clearly demonstrated that neither public nor private sectors are immune from crises, either intentionally or unintentionally provoked. This has led to a global awareness that organizations in the public and private sectors must know how to prepare for and respond to unexpected and potentially devastating incidents.

This Public Available Specification (PAS) describes a holistic management process that identifies potential impacts that threaten an organization and provides a framework for minimizing their effect. It establishes the process, principles and terminology of incident preparedness and operational (business) continuity management (IPOCM) within the context of societal security. This guideline is a tool to allow public or private organizations to consider the factors and steps necessary to prepare for an unintentionally, intentionally, or naturally caused incident (disruption, emergency, crisis or disaster) so that it can manage and survive the incident and take the appropriate actions to help ensure the organization’s continued viability.

ISO/PAS 22399 is the first deliverable from ISO/TC 223 and was published in 2007. At the time it represented a major breakthrough in addressing emergency and disaster preparedness, response and continuity. It was unanimously passed by the 50 countries that participated in the committee and provides an international agreed upon benchmark for emergency and disaster management for individual organizations. The content is based on best practice from five national standards from Australia, Israel, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Important note: ISO/PAS 22399 was withdrawn in November 2013 when it exceeded the maximum life length of such an ISO publication (6 years).


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