ANAB Accreditation for Preparedness and Private Sector Preparedness Voluntary Certification (PS-Prep)
Under an agreement with the Department of Homeland Security, ANAB has developed a program to oversee the certification process, manage accreditation, and accredit qualified third parties to carry out certifications of private sector entities for disaster preparedness, emergency management, and business continuity. Certification bodies (CBs) can be accredited for any or all of the designated PS-Prep standards: ASIS SPC.1, ISO 22301, and NFPA 1600.
ANAB also offers accreditation for ASIS/BSI BCM.01 and BS 25999-2, which are not designated as PS-Prep standards.
Accreditation and Certification
Please note that although you may hear or see them used interchangeably, the terms "accreditation" and "certification" have distinct meanings. ANAB is an accreditation body and provides oversight of accredited certification bodies (also known as registrars). ANAB accreditation provides assurance to a certification body's customers that the certification body is competent to do its work. The certification bodies (not ANAB) conduct audits and issue certificates to organizations seeking certification.
If you're visiting this site to find out how your organization can become PS-Prep certified, please be aware that the requirements, fees, and much of the information on this site apply to CBs seeking ANAB accreditation rather than organizations seeking certification.
For specific information on requirements to become certified, contact an ANAB-accredited certification body that is specifically qualified for PS-Prep (see below or search the ANAB directory).
The requirements listed below are for certification bodies seeking ANAB accreditation but the standards are also used by organizations seeking certification.
ASIS SPC.1-2009 Organizational Resilience: Security, Preparedness, and Continuity Management Systems - Requirements with Guidance for Use (available free of charge)
BS 25999-2:2007, Business continuity management. Specification (available for a nominal charge from BSI)
NFPA 1600 Standard on Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity Programs 2010 and 2007 Editions (available free of charge)
For more information, contact ANAB.
CBs seeking ANAB accreditation can view the preapredness/PS-Prep application in .pdf format to understand specific requirements but the application process must be completed online via ANAB's EQM database; first-time EQM users must register to create an account. (Note: Organizations seeking PS-Prep certification must obtain an application from an ANAB-accredited certification body.)
Preparedness/PS-Prep is a base standard program in ANAB's fee schedule for CBs seeking ANAB accreditation.
Please refer to the information about the accreditation process at How to Become an ANAB-Accredited Certification Body. (Note: Organizations seeking PS-Prep certification can read about the certification process but should contact an ANAB-accredited certification body for more specific information.)
PS-Prep Certification Bodies
These certification bodies are accredited, in application, or have indicated their intent to become accredited by ANAB to offer certification for PS-Prep standards:
- National Quality Assurance, USA (accredited)
- Orion Registrar, Inc. (accredited)
- British Standards Institution
- Intertek Testing Services NA, Inc.
- SRI Quality System Registrar
For direct links to these CBs, see our complete list of accredited CBs.
A public listing of private sector entities that have been certified as being in conformance with the program (provided the entities consent to such a listing) will be maintained by ANAB.
Additional PS-Prep Information
You can find more information about private sector preparedness at the PS-Prep site.
Read the final workshop report on Achieving Preparedness Through Standards Implementation: Challenges and Opportunities for Small Businesses.
You can listen to a free educational webinar on Career Options and the PS-Prep Programsponsored by two non-profit organizations. (Note: Registration is required to access audio).
ICOR Verifiction of Self-Declaration of Conformity to ISO 22301
Organizations in the process of implementing ISO 22301 but not yet ready for accredited certification may wish to gain recognition of these efforts by particpating in the International Consortium for Organizational Resilience (ICOR) process for verification of self-declaration of conformity to ISO 22301. For more information, visit here and here. The ICOR Process is for organizations of all sizes.
PS-Prep Auditor Training
These are the options for PS-Prep auditor training conforming with the requirements of ANAB Accreditation Rule 37 indicated in parentheses:
- Exemplar Global Certified Auditor Training (Accreditation Rule 37, section 8.2.1)
- ANSI Certificate Accreditation Program (Accreditation Rule 37, section 18.104.22.168) - scroll to organization(s) offering Business Continuity Management System Auditor - BCM 5000
There are no options for ISO/IEC 17024 accredited certification at this time (Accreditation Rule 37, section 22.214.171.124)
OUR OTHER BRANDSACLASS for accreditation of calibration and testing laboratories, inspection bodies, reference material producers, and proficiency test providers.
FQS for accreditation of forensic inspection agencies and forensic testing agenices.