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CIHT Statement on COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

At CIHT, we are firmly committed to delivering our services to the highest standard, without putting the health and wellbeing of our colleagues, members or customers at risk. We understand the importance of co-operating with our members and customers during times of uncertainty to create assurance that the right procedures are in place to ensure the safe continuation of our business and activities.

We have a business continuity plan in place which plans for a variety of potential incidents, including the impact of pandemic illnesses. Although there are a relatively small number of cases of Coronavirus confirmed in the UK, there is no current impact to our teams or the services that we provide.

However, as part of our business continuity framework our Senior Management Team are carefully monitoring the development of the Coronavirus outbreak.

This includes:

Daily monitoring of the advice and guidance issued by the Department of Health and Social Care, Public Health England and the World Health Organisation;
Daily monitoring of reported cases and infection rates;
Monitoring of Foreign & Commonwealth Office travel advice for CIHT colleagues travelling on institution business;
Internal monitoring of absence levels in line with typical measures at this time of year;
Internal communications to provide updates to our colleagues.
In addition to taking advice from leading public authorities, we are ready to put in place appropriate and precautionary measures should this be necessary.

This includes:

Enactment of part or all of our Business Continuity Plans (BCP) for our organisation, which could include postponement of events / meetings, movement of work to alternative locations and/or movement of staff to alternative locations for the work to be performed;

Potentially reducing any non-essential travel and / or meetings
Potentially rescheduling any meetings or events
Engagement with third-party suppliers over their readiness for dealing with a Coronavirus pandemic.
We will continue to watch carefully for new developments as the situation unfolds and adapt our policies accordingly. However, if you have any immediate questions or require any further information, please contact us as appropriate. e: info@ciht.org.uk or t: +44 (0)20 7336 1555

CIHT have produced a series of guidance notes around our activities in relation to COVID-19

Guidance for meeting / event attendees
Guidance for meeting / event organisers
Guidance for professional review and technical report candidates
Guidance for end-point assessment candidates

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