Many would argue that a standard for business continuity management was well overdue. It certainly was. The publication schedule for BSI's series of continuity standards is therefore a welcome sight. Two standards will actually form the BS 25999 series, and replace PAS56, which itself was a publicly available paper published in 2003, partly for comment.
The former is most closely aligned with PAS56, although it is the latter against which certification will eventually be awarded. The approach broadly views the relationships of BCM through the organization as follows (from PAS56):
Following a lengthy period of consultation, including widescale circulation of a a Draft for Public Comment (DPC), BSI published BS 25999-1 in November 2006. BS25999-2 will be published at the end of 2007 (provisional).
Access to the Standard
BS25999 has been made available through a small number of BSI outlets. It is also available as part of the BS25999 Toolkit, which was constructed specifically to support the standards (note that this is not a W3J kit).