By Amanda Thomson, Global Business Continuity Management Leader, Cytiva
During this global pandemic crisis, Cytiva has recertified its global Business Continuity Management System (BCMS) program from ISO 22301:2012 to ISO 22301:2019 Security and Resilience. This recertification demonstrates that our systems are maintained according to the global International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standard for business continuity management, which is the highest level of compliance for business continuity.
The new ISO 22301:2019 certification covers methods and procedures for maintaining emergency response, crisis management, and business continuity capabilities, including communication, implementation, and continual improvement.
Having this standard consistently in place across our sites ensures a structured and documented approach to minimize the risk and impact of disruptions and crisis events that could affect operations. It also ensures continued best practices in business continuity management.
What does a robust Business Continuity Management System provide?
A BCMS has a significant impact in providing a secure supply, mitigating risks, and maintaining quality in our manufacturing operations. Having a BCMS also helps to plan for unanticipated disruptions or crisis events, such as the current global pandemic crisis or any future such events.
Cytiva’s BCMS was originally introduced at our Uppsala, Sweden, site in 2011 and certified in 2015. Since then, we have continued to develop, grow, and embed the system into our operational processes. We have also extended the program to all our bioprocess sites globally.
We have adapted and pivoted throughout this global pandemic, largely due to our ISO-certified program, and we will continue to learn and refine our processes to meet our customers’ needs and future-proof supply to ensure uninterrupted access.