Otsuka Holdings Announces New, Additional Certification Under “ISO 22301” (International Standard for Business Continuity Management)


Expands scope of certification to include additional Otsuka Group products, reflecting the company’s improved resiliency and continuous operational capability during unexpected events.

Otsuka Holdings Co Ltd is pleased to announce that its subsidiary Taiho Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. was granted the ISO 22301*1 certification, the international standard for business continuity management (BCM) for “the stable supply of anticancer drugs”, by BSI Japan*2 , on May 16, 2016. The ISO 22301 certification validates the maturity of an organization's BCM program, confirming that all corresponding activities are implemented in a controlled manner to build the capability to respond to business interruptions.

The business continuity initiatives carried out in each of the Group companies have been reviewed internally and Otsuka Holdings together with the Group companies have built a group-wide system to advance business continuity management.

The Otsuka Group acquired ISO 22301 certification in August 2012 for the production and stable supply of medicinal products, beverages, and foods by the subsidiary Otsuka Pharmaceutical. In April 2015 the scope was expanded to include certification for the stable supply of intravenous solutions. Now certification has been expanded to include medicinal products from the subsidiary Taiho Pharmaceutical.

The Otsuka Group will continue to advance BCP efforts in cooperation with the Group companies such as Otsuka Pharmaceutical, Otsuka Pharmaceutical Factory, Taiho Pharmaceutical and Otsuka Warehouse to ensure stable supply of Otsuka Group products during and after unexpected events.

Glossary *1) ISO22301 (full name: “ISO 22301:2012 Societal security — Business continuity management systems — Requirements”) is the new international standard for business continuity management, published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) in May 2012. ISO22031 provides a forma business continuity framework to enable any organization to build capabilities to minimize the impact of disruptions so that it keeps business running during and following a disruption. *2) BSI( British Standards Institution) is the world’s first national standards body and was instrumental in the formation of ISO, the International Organization for Standardization. Since its establishment in 1901, BSI has been a leading global provider of standards. Many ISO Standards have their origin in British Standards developed by BSI. BSI Group Japan is BSI’s Japanese subsidiary and was established in 1999. BSI Japan is a leading certification body in Japan.

Profile of Otsuka Holdings Co., Ltd.
Established : July 8, 2008
Capital : 81,690 million yen
President : Tatsuo Higuchi, president and representative director, CEO
Head Office : 2-9, Kanda-Tsukasamachi, Chiyoda-ku, 101-0048 Tokyo, Japan
Employees : 78 (as of December 31, 2015)
Business Description : Holding company