The ISO 37002 standard “Whistleblowing management systems – Guidelines”

May 12, 2021

The ISO 37002 standard “Whistleblowing management systems – Guidelines” is to be published in the coming weeks. The ISO 37002 standard focuses on the actions that an organization should take from the moment of receiving a whistleblower report to the moment when an organization has to decide on corrective actions and implement them. The ISO 37002 standard is a set of guidelines on how to create a system handling the reports made in an organization. The ISO 37002 standard is not intended to be a certified standard. Unlike the ISO 37001:2016 standard “Anti-bribery management systems – Requirements with guidance for use”, which is a certified standard. The currently available information shows that ISO 37002 is adapted to the abovementioned ISO 37001: 2016 standard, therefore it should be, as it seems, an efficient tool that can be used in conjunction with ISO 37001: 2016.

The ISO 37002 standard can be very useful due to the fact that until 17.12.2021 the Polish legislator is obliged to introduce provisions in order to implement the Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council (EU) 2019/1937 of 23.10.2019 on the protection of persons who report breaches of EU law (hereinafter: the “Directive”). However, in the case of entities in a private sector, employing from 50 to 249 employees, the above deadline for implementation of the Directive is extended until 17.12.2023.

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