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Standards of Progress

DRI International has been highly involved in the development of standards in emergency/disaster and business continuity management in the US and abroad. As part of our mission DRI International serves as an information center in providing the best information on this subject for our certified professionals, auditors and vendors as well as public , private sector and educational institutions.

Even before Public Law 110-53 (commonly referred to as Private Sector Preparedness or PS-Prep) was passed and signed by President Bush, DRI International had an active role in the creation of standards by various Standards Development Organizations (SDOs) , along with the call for voluntary adoption of standards, a need for the certification of business and industry preparedness plans by trained certification bodies was identified. The latest news regarding certification standards is very good and looks like it will align well with our position.

In November, the American National Standards Institute – Certificate Accreditation Program (ANSI-CAP) accepted the preliminary application of National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) “Emergency Management/Business Continuity Professional Auditor Training” as a training course for business continuity program auditors. This is the training program that was jointly developed by DRI International and NFPA.

A major benefit of that joint development project is that students who take the course, pass the exam and have their online application accepted can certify plans against NFPA1600, the Standard for Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity Programs.

NFPA1600 is the one standard referenced in the legislation and the standard referenced in the 9/11 Commission Report and has been the US national standard since 2004.

The ANSI-CAP was launched to accredit organizations whose training program will qualify to accredit certification bodies that will certify a company’s compliance with the standard. This puts the full weight of ANSI behind the Certified Business Continuity Auditor (CBCA) and Certified Business Continuity Lead Auditor (CBCLA) certifications introduced by DRI International.

DRI International has been a member of the Council of Experts for ANSI-ANAB since its inception. This is the organization within ANSI that will set the accreditation standard for certifying bodies for PS-Prep and through our participation; our certified professionals have a seat at that table.

By seeking accreditation under ANSI-CAP, NFPA has demonstrated its commitment that, in business continuity management, NFPA 1600 is the US and Canadian standard.

But, the involvement doesn’t begin and end with the NFPA standard. DRI International is involved in technical committees on the other business continuity standards as well such as ASIS and BS 25999.

On a more global front, our audit course for the Singapore National Standard (SS540) has been designated by the Singapore Business Federation as the official training course for those seeking to audit Singapore companies against the SS540 standard. Regardless of the standard, the interests of business continuity management are more than served by the involvement of DRI International.

Alan Berman, MBCP, is a member of the ASIS BS25999 technical committee, a member of the Committee of Experts for ANSI-ANAB, a former member of the NY City Partnership for Security and Risk Management, executive director for Disaster Recovery Institute and the co-chair for the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation committee to create the new standard for the US Private Sector Preparedness Act (PL 110-53).