Industrial Standards in the U.K.

Overview by
National Standards Organizations
British Standards Institution
Integration in the International Standards Network
The UK is a member body of the International Organization for Standardization and a full member of the International Electrotechnical Commission. It is also a member state of the International Telecommunication Union.
There are also some specific EU standards: European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization ( CENELEC), European Telcommunications Standards Institute ( ETSI), European Committee for Standardization ( ECS), handling all other standards.
Obligation to Use Standards
Most standards are voluntary although they can be made mandatory by law or regulation.
Classification of Standards
There are over 27,000 British Standards in use and 2000 are produced annually. CE is the European certification mark. It is compulsory for a country to be able to sell on the market.
Assessment of the System of Standardization
By complying with British Standards, suppliers demonstrate that their products or services are safe and fit for purpose. Customers look for the independent verification that technical standards provide. Certification marks earned by businesses whose products and practices consistently stand up to rigorous examination are instantly recognizable and act as respected badges of quality, safety and performance.
Online Consultation of Standards
The BSI Shop offers a full catalogue of standards and publications, many of which are available as PDF downloads.
Certification Organizations
The United Kingdom Accreditation Service. Follow this link for a list of Certification Body Schedules.
Associations of Standards Users
BSS is the UK member of the International Federation of Standard Users (IFAN).

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