BSI - BBC Fake Britain

BSI features in several episodes of the new series of BBC Fake Britain. In these programmes you’ll see tests being carried out on everyday products from CO alarms to face masks. Every year BSI carries out tests on thousands of products, many of which we have in our homes. We test products from all over the world to help manufacturers to design and develop products which are as safe as possible. Tests are usually carried out to check whether they meet a certain standard such as a British Standard (BS).

The filming was carried out at BSI’s Testing Centres of Excellence in Hemel Hempstead and Loughborough. Hemel Hempstead was where the first BSI testing laboratories were built back in the 1950’s and it’s known as Kitemark House. This is because it’s the home of the BSI Kitemark which first appeared on products such as seatbelts, toys, and prams. Although these products are no longer tested by BSI or awarded the BSI Kitemark, many familiar products are still tested at Kitemark House to help to keep consumers safe.