Consumer & Public Interest Network events

The CPI Network holds two events annually for its members.

Most recent events

In 2011, the CPI Network celebrated its 60th anniversary with a special meeting of its Network members combined with the plenary meeting of ISO/COPOLCO (our international counterparts) in London. This included a Workshop, entitled "Homes for tomorrow - building through standards ISO COPOLCO 2011". The meeting was held at Grange St Paul's Hotel, London, 23-27 May 2011.

Grange St Paul's Hotel, London, 23-27 May 2011

"Homes for tomorrow- building through standards"

The right to shelter – a roof over our heads – is a basic need for all people. Increasingly, homes must withstand the consequences of extreme weather or be built rapidly in the aftermath of hurricanes, earthquakes and floods. With diminishing natural resources, new homes must be "green" and existing housing stock greener. These weighty topics were all part of the discussions at the ISO COPOLCO 2011 workshop being hosted by BSI, the UK National Standards Body, in London on 24 May 2011. The workshop was supported by the UK Government Department for Business Innovation and Skills. (The first COPOLCO meeting in London was in 1997.)

In 2011, the ISO COPOLCO event coincided with 60 years of consumer involvement in standardisation in the UK. This consumer participation in standards development started out as the "Women's Advisory Committee" in 1951, but has grown into the BSI Consumer & Public Interest Network (CPIN) with its associated Disabled Experts Reference Group. The CPIN is now chaired by TV consumer watchdog, Lynn Faulds Wood, and includes organisations such as Age UK, Citizens Advice, Consumer Focus, National Consumer Federation, Trading Standards Institute and Which? as well as the all-important individual CPI volunteers.

A CPI Network birthday party was held at Lincoln's Inn on the evening of the 24 May, with some very special guests. 

Past events

"Improving healthcare for all — the role for standards"

This important topic was the subject of the Winter meeting of the BSI Consumer & Public Interest Network (CPIN) on 8 December 2010, moderated by Lynn Faulds Wood, the Chair of the CPIN. Lynn is also President of the European Cancer Patient Coalition (ECPC) and Vice President of the UK Patients Association. The first presentation was by Colin Adamson, a consultant in customer services with particular interest in the health services, on the recent UK Government White Paper. This talks of making National Health Services which are "more responsive to patients… achieves better outcomes, with increased autonomy and clearer accountability”. Paul Whaley, from the Cancer Prevention and Education Society, described the potential harmful effects of chemicals in the environment, while BSI staff and CPI Reps talked about current standards work in their presentations. The day included a lively Q & A session, where speakers were joined by the President of the Patients Association. Breakout groups explored how further standards programmes might evolve in the wake of the White Paper and in relation to any differences in public and private healthcare provision, and whether more joined up information was needed about carcinogens. See also the Presentations and reports from the breakout groups on the CPI events page.

Previous events have been held at:

  • BSI, on Health
  • Imperial College, London, on Education
  • Design Museum, London, on standards for Inclusive, Sustainable and Service Design)
  • BSI on Quality Marks
  • The Hatton, London, on Services
  • BSI on the 2012 Olympics
  • Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, on Sustainability
  • Edinburgh and Cardiff to include colleagues and guests from regional consumer organisations and parliaments
  • HMS Belfast, London, for the 50th anniversary of the CPI Network in 2001 - prestigious joint meeting with our European colleagues, ANEC, "the European consumer voice in standardisation".