April 18, 2014

PS-Prep Accreditation Guidance Issued by ANAB

As many of our readers already know, the Ps-Prep journey started way back in 2007 when then President Bush signed the Recommendations from the 9/11 Commission into law.  Since then there have been many steps and stops along the way and we are sure that a few more are most certainly left to come.  

The standards have been selected, and ANAB has issued requirements and now invites certification bodies to submit applications for accreditation to become a Registrar for one or more of the selected standards announced  for the Voluntary Private Sector Preparedness Certification (PS-Prep) program. 

To read the full announcement, please CLICK HERE

Once applications are received, Lead Auditors will need to be trained to the standards and ANAB will need to witness the 1st audit that is conducted by each certifying body. 

Current information on ANAB’s PS-Prep program, including the Accreditation Rule that specifies requirements, is available on this site.

It is also anticipated that a publicly accessible list of organizations with accredited PS-Prep certification will be maintained on the site when certification bodies become accredited and begin issuing certificates.

Please pass this information along to those business continuity, risk management and PS-Prep team leaders in your organization.

Comments

  1. Achilles Heel Commission says:

    There should be no mis-understanding, the ANAB Rule establishes the foundation for changing the business continuity industry within the U.S. as we know it now. The days of the good old boys freelancing the business continuity industry are coming to an end, practitioners and auditors will be required to be certified by an “Accreditied” entity. For those entrepreneurs of continuity planning and auditing practice within the U.S., brace yourself–market demand is building and you will have to seek accreditaiton through ANAB for Certification Bodies, for entities delivering auditor training courses you must be certified by U.S. ANSI-CAP in order to issue official certificate or certifications.

    For too long, tremendous confusion has existed regarding the relative values and differences between various training certificates. ANSI-CAP helps clarify this confusion for consumers and sets a whole new benchmark for employers seeking the best training available. Several industries and a number of government agencies already require ANSI accredited certifications for their new hires—and many are considering similar requirements for certificates. Among those that have sought ANSI accreditation for their certificate programs are the U.S. Army, Food and Drug Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, Sullivan University, and SCIPP International.

    PS Prep and the standards based Accreditaiton & Certification program and processes unifies the industry, rasies the bar of compliance, and governance; CBs, Training Providers, Auditors, and the audit process. This is a evolutionary approach within the an industry that has self-regulated. At the end of the day, ANAB PS Prep Rule is about quality, assurance, credibility, confidence as well as establishing a national framework for business resilience.

    Like it or not, it is here to stay and over time it will be the National Standard!!!

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