The National Archives Receives ISO 22301 Business Continuity Management Certification

The National Archives Receives  ISO 22301 Business Continuity Management Certification

The National Archives Receives
ISO 22301 Business Continuity Management Certification

The UAE’s National Archives received ISO 22301 Certificate, which is an international standard in business continuity management. This system is a part of the Integrated Management System (IMS), which is concerned with developing the National Archives and the application, running, monitoring and reviewing the system and improving its capabilities to provide the basic services efficiently and effectively at the time of crises, disasters and emergencies.
The National Archives has passed the audits conducted by the British Standards Institute (BSI), which is the pioneering global body on evaluating the administrative systems and solutions for the award of the certificate. The audits proved that the National Archives is well prepared to continue its business in exceptional circumstances as it has trained its employees to work on such circumstances.
In respect of this certificate, H.E. Dr. Abdulla Al Raisi, National Archives’ Director General, says, “The National Archives’ obtainment of ISO – Business Continuity Management Certification - indicates its response to the directives of our wise leadership, which is interested in ensuring business continuity of the concerned parties, leading to the integration of preparedness and readiness.” His Excellency pointed out that the National Archives is keen on achieving the highest standards in providing customer services in all circumstances. The business continuity system is a significant achievement and a further addition to the National Archives’ successes within the context of its interest in continuously satisfying its customers with its continuing services.
His Excellency emphasized that while the National Archives does its best to provide its services in accordance with best practices and strives to avoid crises, it takes into account the unexpected crises, which may negatively affect its services. Therefore, it develops alternative practical plans in case of discontinuity of its services. H.E. revealed that the National Archives has identified the potential risks and how to manage and deal with them when they happen. As the National Archives spares no effort to avoid crises, so it pays a lot of attention to carrying out evacuation drills on regular basis and training its employees on handling emergency cases.
It is noteworthy that the National Archives had organized a workshop on business continuity system with the presence of its employees. The workshop focused on the important documents in crises, such as business continuity teams, business continuity plans, escalation mechanisms as per the risk or crisis level, methods of resumption of normal operations after recovery, evacuation plans, communications during crises, priority activities and responses to incidences. The workshop urged to pay attention to policies, procedures, necessary forms and the phone numbers of senior management members, departments’ directors, employees and their relatives. The workshop presented scenarios of expected risks and crises. The National Archives followed up how its employees practically deal with such risks and crises. The work procedures, documents and tools were checked as well as their compatibility with the various scenarios.