ISO 37001:2016- Anti-Bribery Management System (ABMS)

What is ISO 37001?

ISO 37001 i.e. Anti Bribery Management System is an internationally recognized standard that helps organizations to fight against corruption, by establishing a culture of integrity, transparency, and compliance. The Anti Bribery Management System can be used by any organization that is large or small, public or private, and in any part of the country. This is an effective tool, which can be adapted according to the organization’s size, nature, and the risk of bribery it faces.

ISO 37001 addresses one of the world’s most destructive and challenging issues and demonstrates a committed approach to eliminate corruption. This Standard allows organizations of all types to prevent, detect and address bribery by adopting an anti-bribery policy, appointing a person to oversee anti-bribery compliance, training, risk assessments, and due diligence on projects and business associates, implementing financial & commercial controls and instituting reporting & investigation procedures.

ISO 37001 helps organizations to implement reasonable measures to prevent, detect and respond to bribery. This Anti Bribery ISO Standards was developed by ISO technical committee ISO/TC309 and was first published in October 2016. This standard structure consists of 10 clauses, which is similar to ISO 9001:2015 standard and it also adopts concepts such as P-D-C-A cycle, risk-based thinking.

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Hassle-free ISO 37001 ABMS Certification with PQSmitra

The practical and effective system implementation approach is adopted towards ISO 37001 certification at the organization. PQSmitra Team helps in easy understanding of the standard requirements and simple methods for effective compliance. 100% documentation support is offered to achieve successful certification in addition to enhanced operational controls. The implementation process is described below:

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Initial Review

  • Initial visits and review of the existing system
  • Identification of controls and planning for implementation


  • Documentation including procedures, work instructions etc.
  • Training and Hand holding/ support for implementation

Effective Verification

  • Internal audit for verification of implemented system
  • Management review

Achieve Certification

  • Certification audit –
    Stage 1 & Stage 2
  • Closure of non-conformities support if any
  • Rewarding the certificate to the organization

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • Anti-bribery policies and procedures, including those around gift-giving, hospitality, donations, and other such benefits
  • An effective compliance team to oversee the anti-bribery program
  • A strong tone at the top with management-level leadership on, commitment to, and responsibility for anti-bribery
  • Anti-bribery risk assessments
  • Controls to mitigate bribery risks (including financial, procurement, commercial, and contractual controls)
  • Training and awareness on anti-bribery policies and measures
  • Due diligence on projects, transactions, personnel, and business associates/ third parties with a high risk of bribery
  • Procedures for reporting, investigating, and reviewing suspected or actual bribery
  • Continuous monitoring and regular audits

The organization shall demonstrate continual improvement in the field of Anti Bribery management systems by maintaining, establishing, implementing and providing documented information.

The documented information required for ISO registration

  • The organization’s Anti-bribery scope
  • The organization’s Anti-bribery policy and Anti-bribery Objectives
  • Anti Bribery Management Manual
  • Standard operating Procedures for anti-bribery management system
  • Anti-Bribery risk management

Records at individual process/department. E.g. Sales, Purchase, Production, Quality Assurance, Maintenance, Customer Service.

  • Manufacturing units
  • Service sector including Educational institutes, Hospitals, and other service-providing units
  • Trading units
  • Any other business units were irrespective of nature of business, size, and location.
  • Compliance to Anti Bribery policy & Ethical working practices
  • Recognition by overseas customers
  • Mandatory requirement for being an out-sourcing sub-contractor to the parent company
  • Compliance with business, legal, contractual, and regulatory requirements
  • Improved structure and focus with respect to Business Ethics and Anti bribery Management System
  • Year 2016 – 1st Edition of ISO 37001:2016 Anti Bribery Management System (ABMS) published
  • ISO 9000:2015 – Quality management – customer satisfaction – Guidelines for complaint handling in organizations
  • ISO 19600 Compliance management systems – Guidelines
  • ISO 26000 Guidance on Social Responsibility
  • ISO 31000 Risk Management – Principles and Guidelines
  • The validity of the ISO 37001 Certification is 3 Years & One year is the frequency of ISO audit for ISO 37001 Standards during the validity period.
  • ISO 37001 can be used by any organization, large or small, public, private, or non-profit, and in any country. It is a versatile tool that can be tailored to the size and nature of the organization, as well as the bribery risk it faces.
  • Anti Bribery Management System can be a stand-alone system or integrated into an already implemented management system such as Quality Management System i.e. ISO 9001. The effective and precise implementation of the Anti Bribery Management System (ABMS) ensures certification of the organization by Internationally Accredited Certification Body.
  • ISO 37001 and ISO 19600, which was adopted in 2014, have two significant variances. To begin with, ISO 19600 is a Type B standard, which means it is only recommended, but ISO 37001 is a Type A standard, which means it has mandatory standards that may be verified and certified. Second, although DIN ISO 37001 concentrates on a particular key compliance issue, ISO 19600 is a generic standard that establishes suggestions for compliance programmer that address a variety of difficulties.
  • This organization cannot be certified by ISO because it is evaluated by entities outside of ISO. CASCO, ISO’s Committee on Conformity Assessment, has compiled a list of certification standards that certifying bodies use to issue ISO 37001 certification to enterprises.

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