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Business Continuity Planning - Ireland

On the 28 th February 2007, Ireland’s Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, in conjunction with other national partners, launched a document to advise businesses on preparing for a pandemic. This document is designed to increase the level of awareness among Irish Businesses of the need to plan, and highlights key area which would impact on businesses, including absenteeism, disruption of supply chains, travel and a falling demand for goods and services.   

On the 28 th February 2007, Ireland’s Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, in conjunction with other national partners, launched a document to advise businesses on preparing for a pandemic. This document is designed to increase the level of awareness among Irish Businesses of the need to plan, and highlights key area which would impact on businesses, including absenteeism, disruption of supply chains, travel and a falling demand for goods and services.  

On the 28 th February 2007, Ireland’s Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, in conjunction with other national partners, launched a document to advise businesses on preparing for a pandemic. This document is designed to increase the level of awareness among Irish Businesses of the need to plan, and highlights key area which would impact on businesses, including absenteeism, disruption of supply chains, travel and a falling demand for goods and services.

ECDC Comment (2007/03/07):

The need to develop pandemic plans is now well recognized, and the recently released report from ECDC on the status of pandemic preparedness within the EU highlights the progress that has been made within the EU Member States on this issue (1). However, much of the work to date has focused on the health care sector. While health care planning is critical, there is also a need to plan for the wider impact of a pandemic within society as a whole.

The document produced by the Irish authorities makes an excellent contribution to this broader planning agenda, as it provides a tool to assist businesses to develop pandemic preparedness plans, including small businesses. This is necessary as an influenza pandemic would have a very significant impact on economic activity and would pose a major threat to business continuity. As the report rightly highlights, there could be devastating consequences for those businesses which fail to plan adequately for a pandemic scenario.

The report includes a user friendly preparedness checklist for enterprises and ten illustrative case studies covering a range of sectors. This work will not only help small and medium sized enterprises prepare for a pandemic, but will also increase awareness of business continuity planning issues for all emergencies.

ECDC technical report- Pandemic influenza preparedness in the EU- Status report as of Autumn 2006 (January 2007)

Business Continuity Planning - Sweden

At the IV Joint EC /ECDC /WHO Workshop on Pandemic Influenza Preparedness in Luxembourg in September 2007, Sweden presented a summary of published business continuity guidelines for use by both public and private services. These have been refined following a local pilot study.

Business Continuity planning - The Netherlands

The Dutch Ministry Health, Welfare and Sport has dedicated a section of its website (in Dutch) to the theme of business continuity planning, and gives such information as:

  • Which impact an influenza pandemic will have on the corporation

  • How a corporation can prepare itself for an influenza pandemic

  • What measures an employer can take to limit influenza transmission on the work place

  • Where an employer can obtain more information and advice.

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