Transition from BS 25999 to ISO 22301

ISO 22301 is the first International Standard to be published using the new high level management systems structure, ISO Directives Annex SL. Meaning there is a greater alignment with other management system standards and a greater emphasis on top management responsibilities.

For how long does the current certificate remain valid?

LRQA will stop BS 25999 surveillance and re-certification visits by 31 December 2013 (18 months after introduction of ISO 22301).

Since 31 December 2013, all audits have had to be against the new ISO 22301 standard. No BS 25999 certificates will be valid after 30 May 2014, one year after we gained UKAS accreditation.

What is the transition procedure?

The proposed approach is as follows: Before any surveillance visit, you may ask your assessor to carry out the transition as part of your normal visit.

You will be supplied with a checklist that you must complete to demonstrate how you meet the new requirements. The assessor will then use this checklist to verify that you have implemented the new requirements, confirming suitable supporting evidence.

If you do not wish to complete the checklist before the surveillance visit, or require the transition to be carried out between surveillance visits, an additional day will be required.
Any deficiencies will be reported as findings in the usual way. As long as these are minimal, and a corrective action plan has been agreed, the assessor will recommend approval to the ISO 22301 standard.

For more information, please visit the ISO website or contact our Technical Helpdesk on 0800 9000 12.