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BSI Standards

About BSI, or the British Standards Institution

The British Standards Institution (BSI) was established in 1901 and incorporated by Royal Charter in 1929. The BSI is the UK’s national standards body, the world’s first standards body and a founding member of ISO Standards (International Organization for Standardization). 

The BSI has a long history with
its establishment in 1932. Today, it is a leading non-profit standards organisation providing standards, certification, training, and testing services to industries including construction, IT healthcare, manufacturing, professional services and utilities.

BSI plays a vital role in developing and maintaining standards worldwide with a mission to inspire innovation, best practices and excellence for a safer and sustainable world.

Intertek Inform: Your Gateway to BSI Standards

BSI Standards can help industries around the world improve processes, products and performance by embedding quality, safety and sustainability to meet the needs of customers, regulators and stakeholders. Businesses can use BSI British Standards to access new markets and opportunities while maintaining a global competitive edge.

As an authorised reseller, Intertek Inform has over 50,000 BSI standards and publications. The BSI Standards list spans multiple sectors, facilitating business improvement and excellence. 

At Intertek Inform, we have a vast, easily accessible catalogue of published standards available to purchase online as a download or a printed (hardcopy) document. 


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Occupational health and safety management systems Requirements with guidance for use
Guide to Fatigue Design and Assessment of Steel Products
Medical Face Masks - Requirements and Test Methods
Security and resilience. Crisis management. Guidelines
Impact Test Specifications for Vehicle Security Barrier Systems
Safety of machinery. Electrical equipment of machines General requirements
Information security, cybersecurity and privacy protection. Information security controls
Tolerances for building Recommendations for basic principles for evaluation and specification
Maritime works General. Code of practice for planning and design for operations
Technical product documentation and specification
Electric cables. PVC insulated and PVC sheathed cables for voltages up to and including 300/500 V, for electric power and lighting
Tracked Changes. Closed circuit television (CCTV). Management and operation. Code of practice
Slating and tiling for pitched roofs and vertical cladding. Code of practice
Provision of static guarding security services. Code of practice. Keyholding and response services.
Guidance on social responsibility. Using ISO 26000:2010 in management systems
Screening of individuals working in a secure environment. Code of practice
Aerospace series. Steel 15CrMoV6 (1.7334). Air melted. Hardened and tempered.
Furniture. Assessment of the ignitability of upholstered furniture Ignition source match flame equivalent
Specification. 3% chromium-molybdenum steel billets, bars, forgings and parts (930-1080 MPa: limiting ruling section 150 mm) (suitable for nitriding)
Air quality. Assessment of air quality monitoring equipment General principles of certification
Information technology. Security techniques. Security requirements for cryptographic modules
Acoustics. Rating of Sound Insulation in Buildings and of Building elements. Airborne Sound Insulation
Ships and Marine Technology. Marine Environment Protection: Performance Testing of Oil Skimmers. High Viscosity Oil
Electric and Hybrid Electric Road Vehicles. Radio Disturbance Characteristics. Limits and Methods of Measurement for the Protection of Off-board Receivers Below 30 MHz
Textiles. Determination of fabric propensity to surface pilling, fuzzing or matting. Modified Martindale method
Cold formed welded steel structural hollow sections Technical delivery conditions for high strength and weather resistant steels
Test method using liquid scintillation counting Tracked Changes. Water quality. Radium-226
Tracked Changes. Information technology. Governance of IT for the organization
Net Zero Transition Plans. Code of Practice
BS EN ISO/IEC 14496-12. Information technology. Coding of audio-visual objects Part 12. ISO base media file format
Chemical used for treatment of water intended for human consumption. Antifouling for membranes. Sulphamic acid
Rubber, vulcanized or thermoplastic. Determination of the effect of liquids
Testing of welded joints of thermoplastics semi-finished products Tensile test with waisted test specimens
Additive manufacturing. Environment, health and safety. Test method for the hazardous substances
Temporary electrical systems for entertainment and related purposes. Code of practice
Eurocode 3. Design of steel structures Joints
Flow control devices for connection to a medical gas supply system
Tracked Changes. Space systems. Structural design. Determination of loading levels for static qualification testing of launch vehicles
Intelligent transport systems. ITS station security services for secure session establishment and authentication between trusted devices
Crude petroleum, petroleum products and related products.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Here, you’ll find answers to common questions related to BSI Standards, such as what they are, what they do and the ownership and governance structure of the Standards.  

So, what are BSI Standards?  BSI standards cover sectors such as quality management, environmental management, health and safety, information security, and many more. BSI standards provide the knowledge and best practices that organisations need to succeed, improve their performance, reduce their risk, and be more sustainable


The international standards of BSI (including a more extensive set of adopted ISO standards and CEN standards than other standards bodies) create a technical understanding of how to do better in business globally.


As such, BSI is a trusted partner for businesses, governments, and consumers, helping them achieve excellence and innovation through the BSI standards.

There are no “owners” as such of BSI Standards. BSI is an independent, non-governmental organisation that operates as a Royal Charter Company, meaning it is a private company with legal status and privileges granted by the sovereign. BSI Standards has no share capital and is a non-profit distributing company - its profits are re-invested into the business. 


The Board has ultimate authority of BSI, comprising a majority of non-executive directors. The Board is responsible for the success of the business and the provision of entrepreneurial leadership within a framework of prudent and effective controls.

The BSI creates technical standards for products and services for a broad range of industries worldwide. Standards benefit organisations in many ways, such as assisting in entering new markets, facilitating trade, growing sustainably, improving efficiencies and embedding excellence and trust in products and services.


For instance, one of the most common ISO standards for certification is ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems. As a result, certified businesses benefit from improved products and services, a reduction in mistakes, an increase in customers and an increase in competitive edge.


As the leading standards body in the United Kingdom, BSI participates in developing international and regional standards, representing the United Kingdom’s interests and ensuring alignment with global best practices. 

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