BSI changes its Royal Charter to allow acquisitions

Press release: March, 1998

The British Standards Institution (BSI), known for its Kitemark and as a world leader in setting quality and safety standards for industry and consumers, has changed its Royal Charter to allow acquisitions.

The Privy Council, with the support of Trade and Industry Minister John Battle, endorsed BSI's request for greater commercial freedom to invest in new acquisitions.

This followed an Extraordinary General Meeting of BSI's members who gave overwhelming support in favour of a "new look" organisation.