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New Technical Specification for guidelines for supply chain continuity

ISO continues to develop its series on Business Continuity Management Systems with a further Technical Specification.

Gianna Detoni and Laurent Girardin led the work on behalf of ISO/TC 292 Working Group 2 Continuity and organizational resilience.

The guidelines for supply chain continuity is designed to be consistent with the requirements in ISO 22301 Business continuity Giannamanagement systems).

This Technical Specification complements specific requirements documented in Clause 8.1 (Operational Planning and Control) of ISO 22301:2019 where it is state that ‘The organization shall ensure that outsourced processes and the supply chain are controlled’, but is not in itself a business continuity management system standard. It is not intended to be used for certification purposes (but assists with meeting requirements noted in ISO 22301, and is consistent with guidance in ISO 22313).

While ISO 22313 provides guidance on the requirements of ISO 22301 regarding methods to create plans and procedures, it does not provide sufficient detail regarding methods to create such procedures, as well as how to organize the procedures in the form of plans.

Gianna Detoni and Laurent Girardin, who led the project, have commented

"The Supply Chain Continuity Management (SCCM) ensures that a robust continuity and resilience is pursued within the Laurentorganization. It is important to note that this practice is not a phase of the Business Continuity Management System, but it complements the controls needed in any type of industry (or “It is important to note that these best practices are needed to be rolled out largely especially with the Supplies and suppliers’ failures which have been a real problem in the most recent years. The aim of the ISO/TS 22318 is to assist/support/provide to the organizations in setting up a model that will address their concern on those activities that are not under their direct control. Its bring also key topics to address as interlock in organization, manage the performance and anticipate as much as possible shortage in the overall flow."

ISO/TS 22318:2021 Security and resilience – Business continuity management systems – Guidelines for supply chain continuity, is available from ISO national member institutes. It may also be obtained directly from the ISO Central Secretariat, respectively through the ISO Store or by contacting the Marketing, Communication & Information department.