14) Does your organisation have an annual programme in place for the rehearsal of your BC and DR solutions?
Business Resilience Plan Rehearsal Business Continuity Practice
Written by Haydn Brooks
Created on March 18, 2019
Modified on December 1, 2019

Answer yes if your organisation operates an annual rehearsal of its Business Continuity Plan. Please provide a report (as a PDF file) that details the last rehearsal to take place, and state in the notes whether any findings have been implemented.

An organisational Business Continuity Plan (BCP) cannot be considered reliable until it has been rehearsed and proven to be robust and deployable. It should be rehearsed at least once a year and more frequently in critical areas and when there have been significant changes.

The details of BCP rehearsals, actions, and learning points arising should be documented as part of the rehearsal and formally confirmed by the BCP owner as implemented within the updated BCP, post rehearsal review.

How to implement the control:
We recommend that all companies with a BCP plan run a test of the BCP plan at least annually. The test should involve a full invocation of the plan as if an actual disaster had occurred. If your organisation is large you can split the test down into smaller unit tests before running it. The details of BCP rehearsals, actions, and learning points arising should be documented as part of the rehearsal and formally confirmed by the BCP owner as implemented within the updated BCP, post rehearsal review. For support in testing your BCP plan, we recommend [Genium4](https://genium4.com/ "Genium4").

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