The International Engagement team develops and maintains BSI’s bilateral and multilateral relationships with strategically important stakeholders; in line with UK economic interests and BSI’s strategic objectives.
The International Engagement team engages with a range of stakeholders from UK and foreign Governments; international standards development organisations; national standards bodies; regional bodies and industry consortia. These relationships provide the opportunity to increase the visibility and international use of BSI’s standards, supporting opportunities for UK firms to trade internationally. The team share good practice globally and identify opportunities for the benefit of BSI and its UK stakeholders.
In May 2018, the International Engagement team launched the UK Government funded Commonwealth Standards Network. The network seeks to increase the use of international standards as a tool to support intra-Commonwealth trade, leading to enhanced levels of economic prosperity, maximising developmental outcomes across the Commonwealth. The CSN now has 48 member states actively participating in the network – www.Commonwealthstandards.net
The International Engagement team focuses on a range of important countries and regions, including China, the US, Japan and India, alongside Africa, the GCC region and the ASEAN region. Our largest work programme focusses on China, under the UK China Standardization Cooperation Commission (SCC) in partnership with the Standardization Administration of China (SAC). The SCC provides a platform to coordinate standardization activity and promote economic and technical cooperation to facilitate bilateral trade. The SCC has developed work programmes focussing on smart cities, civil nuclear energy, graphene and most recently a group to support the UK Government funded China Business Environment Standards programme.
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