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Abu Dhabi, UAE - Intertek, a leading Total Quality Assurance provider to industries worldwide, has awarded the ISO 22301:2012 certification for Societal Security - Business Continuity Management Systems to the Sharjah Economic Development Department (SEDD). The government office has been certified by Intertek for ISO 20000-1 since 2012 and ISO 27001 since 2015 and is now leading the way by being the first government entity in Sharjah to receive the certification for Business Continuity Managements Systems by Intertek.
The ISO 22301:2012 certification is a globally recognised standard that specifies requirements to plan, establish, operate, monitor, review, maintain and improve a documented management system to protect against and reduce the likelihood and threat of disruptive incidents. The Business Continuity Management System also establishes requirements for how to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disruptions and disasters.
ISO 22301:2012 certification represents a global benchmark for best practice in business continuity and risk management. The certification demonstrates Sharjah Economic Development Department’s commitment to safeguarding its operations and to having a clear recovery plan in case any disaster should happen. The standard ensures an organisation is prepared when faced with a threat and can implement a security plan that sets objectives and clear expectations for management to fix any situation as soon as an issue arises.
An official award ceremony was held at the Sharjah Economic Development Department and was attended by His Excellency Sultan Abdullah bin Hadda Al Suwaidi, Chairman of Sharjah Economic Development Department, and other senior members of the management. Matthew Skinner, Intertek Regional Managing Director for Gulf and Pakistan, presented the certification to His Excellency Sultan Abdullah Bin Hedah al-Suwaidi.
HE Sultan Abdullah bin Hadda Al Suwaidi, Chairman of Sharjah Economic Development Department, said: “Intertek's auditing team demonstrated formidable expertise in conducting an independent assessment of our Business Continuity Management System. We are delighted to have received this certification from Intertek. The ISO 22301:2012 certification shows our pledge to our stakeholders that we will advocate and maintain effective measures in place for Business Continuity."
Matthew Skinner, Intertek Regional Managing Director for Gulf and Pakistan, offered his congratulations to the team from Sharjah Economic Development Department and added: “We are pleased to be working with the Sharjah Economic Development Department on this certification process. ISO 22301:2012 marks a new milestone for SEDD - being the first government entity in Sharjah to receive this certification from Intertek. To comply with this certification, an organisation must show dedicated commitment towards assessing external threats and vulnerabilities. The successful certification is a testament to SEDD's continuous efforts towards establishing a robust business continuity management system. "
General Manager Business Assurance – Gulf
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