ISO 31000 – Risk Management


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ISO 31000 is an international standard which specifies requirements for risk management systems. Defining risk as the “effect of uncertainty on objectives”, the ISO 31000 standard provides a measure of reassurance in terms of economic success, professional reputation and environmental and safety outcomes. Regardless of whether your business is big or small, gaining and maintaining ISO 31000 certification shows that your organisation takes a proactive approach to risk management. Using a holistic approach, this standard provides a comprehensive framework for managing risks and identifying opportunities for improvement 

ISO 31000 Benefits

Whilst risk management is crucial for minimising unnecessary risks, you’ll find that the benefits also extend to the running of the organisation itself. As ISO 31000 is designed to help businesses run more smoothly and efficiently, whilst fostering a positive and risk-free working environment, there are a several benefits that this standard can bring to your organisation: 


As this standard’s distinct focus is risk management, various industries can benefit from becoming ISO 31000 certified. In fact, without restricting itself to fixed requirements and mandates, ISO 31000 assists a wide-range of organisations in applying risk management systems. Accordingly, there are several industries for whom this certification could prove essential. 

Work with An Expert

For some companies, it might be tempting to read the standard and attempt to implement these processes without receiving any expert guidance. However, this is typically not enough to implement an efficient, long-term management system. A literal interpretation of this standard may easily create an overly bureaucratic management system, yielding the opposite results of what could otherwise be achieved. Instead of a structured system based on the smart analysis of data, you could easily end up with an overly complicated and inefficient system.  

Instead, hiring an expert consultancy with years of experience is the best way to effectively meet your ISO standards. Make sure to choose an expert you trust, to provide you with a grounded approach that will simplify your life, rather than over-complicate it.

Certification Bodies

When looking to get ISO certification, choosing to work with the right certification body is a crucial part of the process. It is important to make sure that your certification body is fully accredited, as only these entities are truly qualified to provide ISO certification. In Malta, we have a number of accredited certification bodies, all of whom are able to provide a thorough assessment of the ISO 31000 standard requirements.

Luke’s vast amount of experience has allowed him to work with a full range of ISO certification bodies, and he has never failed to help his clients gain ISO accreditation. 


Luke’s approval as a Malta Enterprise approved advisor means that his clients can reap the full benefits of currently available funding schemes. Find out whether you are eligible for funding by getting in touch with Luke!

Funding Opportunities

For companies that are committed to managing risks at the workplace, getting ISO 3100 certification is a crucial milestone. Recognizing the importance of working towards this standard, there are various funding opportunities to be found in Malta. These include: 

  • 50% Tax Credits by the Government of Malta.
  • cash grants by Malta Enterprise, JobsPlus, & other entities.
ISO 31000 - Risk Management

ISO 31000: A Closer Look

What Topics Does It Cover?

The ISO 31000:2018 Risk Management standard was published in 2018 and remains the most recent and up-to-date version. Using a high-level system that allows it to be easily implemented alongside other ISO management systems, the 2018 publication follows the same ‘Plan-Do-Check-Act’ model which defines all of the revised ISO standards. The following shows a brief overview of the topics this standard covers: 

  • A definition of key terms, including risk, risk management, stakeholders, risk sources, events, consequences, probability and control. 
  • Contextualise the organisation’s risk management system and define its overarching scope. 
  • Establishing risk management leadership and worker roles.
  • Planning to identify unexpected risks, and opportunities for improvement.
  • Offer support through suitable communication and documentation, as well as competence and awareness.
  • Operational planning which involves operational control and emergency preparedness and response. 
  • Performance evaluation.
  • Opportunities for corrective action. 

Achieving ISO 31000

What It Says About Your Organisation

Although achieving ISO 31000 accreditation is not a legal requirement, owning this certification says a lot about what type of business you are running. Adhering to this standard boasts inherent benefits but it also sends the right message to you clients, investors and competitors. In a nutshell, getting ISO 31000 certification proves that your organisation: 

  • Effectively manages opportunities that fit within its overall risk tolerance. 
  • Is compliant with statutes and requirements. 
  • Understands the business related benefits of hazard and risk management. 
  • Is an industry leader which operates at a level of excellence by implementing the most up-to-date risk management standard. 
ISO 31000 - Risk Management

Frequently Asked Questions

ISO 31000 increases your company's prospects for reaching it objectives, helps to identify opportunities and threats,  and efficiently assigns and makes use of all of the resources for risk management.

Your ISO 31000 certification will need to be renewed after a period of three years. To maintain your certification, an assessment must be conducted once a year and re-certification is issued every three years to ensure that your management systems continue to operate within the ISO 31000 required standards. 

Yes, like other ISO standards that are concerned with different types of management systems - including ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 - the ISO 31000 uses a high-level structure. This indicates that the ISO 31000 may be effortlessly integrated within any existing ISO management system. 

The amount of time it takes your company to earn your certification all depends on the size and complexity of your business. Luke will help you to make this process as swift and efficient as possible for your convenience.

Whilst organisations can attempt to optimise their risk management without certification, ISO 31000 provides a structured approach which is sustainable and internationally trusted. 

Therefore, although it is not necessary, it is a recommended tried-and-tested means of achieving risk management. 

Whilst ISO 45001 is solely focused on the health and safety of your employees, ISO 31000 helps companies to identify and resolve any types of risks to daily business life. Nevertheless, ISO 31000 Risk Management and ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety can complement each other to help create a happy and healthy working environment.

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