BSI Achieves Global Business Continuity Management Accreditation

RESTON, Va. , July 8 /PRNewswire/ -- BSI Management Systems has strengthened its leading position in the business continuity management market by being among the first organizations to be independently accredited to deliver global certification...


RESTON, Va. , July 8 /PRNewswire/ -- BSI Management Systems has strengthened its leading position in the business continuity management market by being among the first organizations to be independently accredited to deliver global certification against BS 25999, the standard for Business Continuity Management which BSI pioneered. BSI's accreditation has been granted by UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service), the globally recognized accreditation body.

Several months in advance of the final publication of BS 25999, BSI anticipated market demand for certification and began working with a wide range of international clients to develop an assessment and certification program.

BSI was the first certification body in the world to certify clients to the standard in November 2007 . A series of worldwide launch events, including New York City , followed introducing BS 25999 certification, which attracted thousands of attendees. BSI is proud to be leading the global BS 25999 certification market with clients from diverse industries and countries including the US, UK, Korea, Japan , Brazil and India .

"This is another example of BSI's commitment to sustain its leadership role in the world market by helping our clients manage their risk," said BSI Management Systems Managing Director Flemming Norklit . "We have seen a wide range of organizations asking us for certification to the standard, including governments, banks, retailers and ICT businesses. Now that we are able to offer a fully-accredited scheme, we expect demand to rise even more rapidly. Passing the rigorous UKAS accreditation process means that BSI can demonstrate independent compliance with the exacting standards for competency and impartiality laid down in ISO 17021, the standard for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems." Mr. Norklit adds, "Today, accredited BS 25999 certification from BSI provides the independent assurance that organizations really do meet BCM best practice and so are ready to protect their businesses."

About BSI Management Systems

BSI Management Systems is one of the world's largest certification bodies, with over 60,000 certified locations and clients in more than 100 countries. Operating through a global network, BSI Management Systems provides assessment, certification and training services in all critical areas of management disciplines including:

BSI Management Systems is part of BSI Group, a global independent business services organization that inspires confidence and delivers assurance to customers with standards-based solutions. Originating as the world's first national standards body, the Group has over 2,250 staff in more than 50 global offices. The Group's key offerings are:

- Development and sale of private, national and international standards and supporting information

- Second and third-party management systems assessment and certification

- Product testing and certification of services and products

- Performance management software solutions

- Training services in support of standards implementation and business best practice.

SOURCE BSI Management System