Members Knowledge Centre FAQs

Can you advise me which standards to use for my business?

We can do subject searches and provide scopes or contents pages of standards if you're not sure whether to purchase. Detailed descriptions of standards are also provided on the BSI Shop. However, we're unable to recommend which standards you should use for your business.

Are you able to give interpretation of standards?

The responsibility for the correct application of a standard rests with its users, guided, where appropriate, by professional advice. BSI isn't able to give advice or interpret the content of standards. Some trade associations may be helpful in this case and we may be able to provide contact information for some of these.

Can I visit BSI to look at standards?

Yes, as a BSI Subscribing Members you can look at standards in the brand new BSI Members' Reading Room for an unlimited time free of charge. The first two hours are free for non-Members, after that there's a £20 per hour charge. We need at least 24 hours' notice for visits so that we can arrange any materials needed for study and to contact security for car park access. BSI committee members, journalists and students with proof of student status can also look at standards free of charge.

The BSI Members' Reading Room is located at our head office in London. For more details about how find us please click here