The role of National Standards Body post transition period
BSI continues to ensure that our national standards processes are robust and transparent, based on broad stakeholder consensus, open public consultation and regular review. Speed and agility are vital, as we have seen in BSI’s response to the COVID-19 crisis, releasing guidance and making standards more easily available.
Responding to government policy is a key element of BSI’s national standards body role. Enabling regulatory compliance in the UK, for example, is an important way in which our national standards (British Standards) meet stakeholder needs.
Under the direction of UK stakeholders including government, BSI has for many years sought wherever possible to develop international standards first, with UK leadership or influence.
We will continue to promote and enable UK stakeholder leadership in international and European regional standardization. BSI will work with government on the role of standards as an enabler of trade and international competitiveness. We will optimize the participation of UK stakeholders through BSI’s membership of ISO, IEC, CEN, CENELEC and ETSI and our support for UK government in the ITU, always recognizing the need for flexibility where standards are used to support compliance with national regulation.