This website is often asked about finding a single source listing or documentation about current legislation, regulation and standards that exist nationally and internationally for and about Business Continuity and the management of the same. 

While we realize that because there are regular changes and amendments at a country level and often inconsistent terminology between countries, sectors and legislators, it is difficult if not impossible to provide a definitive list of those regulations and standards. 

However, our staff would like to present for consideration a document organized and improved by amendment changes over time by the Business Continuity Institute.  This most recent revision of this document is entitled “Business Continuity Management Legislations, Regulations and Standards: Version 6 – January 2011.” 

The document is divided into four (4) basic headings: 

  1. Legislation: Government laws which include aspects of Business Continuity Management by name or are sufficiently similar in nature (Disaster Recovery, Emergency Response, Crisis Management) to be treated as BCM legislation for this purpose. To be included in this category they must be legally enforceable legislation passed by a national, federal, state or provincial government depending upon the legal structure in each particular country.
  2. Regulation: Mandatory rules or audited guidance documents from official regulatory bodies.
  3. Standards: Official standards from national (and international) accredited standards bodies which relate to Business Continuity as a whole or specific related subset such as IT Service Continuity.
  4. Guidelines: Guidelines published as good (or best) practice by various authoritative organizations. 

If any of our readers are aware of a more comprehensive listing or updated version of same, please share that source of information with our readership. 

Certainly, our staff believes that this kind of information ranks highly to be included in a reference library of any business continuity or risk management team active in your organization.   And, given the close ties to the methodologies encompassed in the recent PS-Prep program, we believe that there also exists a potential application of this information applied to the new PS-Prep teams now being organized in many private sector businesses across the United States.

Click here to read the full *.pdf version of this document, and we want to acknowledge and thank the Business Continuity Institute for leading the charge in organizing this repository of information and making it freely available to the internet BC community.

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