Standards in the manufacturing industry

For manufacturers, market conditions in today’s economy are changing at an extraordinary rate. Globally, manufacturing continues to grow. It now accounts for approximately 16% of global GDP and 14% of employment*. Some of the most significant challenges are dealing with intense global competition, handling cost pressures, and adapting to different consumer needs. Manufacturing organizations, regardless of size, are now focusing on simplification and business transformation. BSI is here to ensure that you are prepared for change.

*Source: McKinsey & Company

Key European & UK regulation and directives

With BSOL, understand complex manufacturing matters through our range of standards and publications. Access all the information you need to help you comply with European and UK regulation and directives, including:

  • 94/9/EC: Equipment for explosive atmospheres (ATEX)
  • 2006/95/EC: Low Voltage (LVD)
  • 2006/42/EC: Machinery (MD)
  • 2004/22/EC: Measuring instruments (MID)
  • 94/62/EC: Packaging and packaging waste
  • 97/23/EC: Pressure Equipment Directive (PED)
  • 2011/65/EU: Restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances (RoHS)
  • 2009/48/EC: Toy safety
  • 98/37/EC: Machinery safety
  • 73/23/EEC: Low Voltage Equipment
  • 2004/108/EC: Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC)
  • 2002/96/EC and 2003/108/EC: Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)
  • 93/42/EEC: Medical Devices (MDD)
  • 95/16/EC: Lifts Directive
  • Construction Product Regulations

Key standards & European directives

A few of the manufacturing subsectors and key standards covered by BSOL: 

Electric cables

  • BS 6004:2012 Electric cables. PVC insulated and PVC sheathed cables for voltages up to and including 300/500 V, for electric power and lighting
  • BS EN 50525-1:2011 Electric cables. Low voltage energy cables of rated voltages up to and including 450/750 V (U0/U) - general requirements

Engineering design

  • BS 8888:2013 Technical product documentation and specification
  • BS 8887 series. Design for manufacture, assembly, disassembly and end-of-life processing


Metals (including steels, copper and aluminium alloys, and metals testing)

  • BS EN 10025-1:2004 Hot rolled products of structural steels - General technical delivery conditions
  • BS EN 10025-2:2004 Hot rolled products of structural steels - Technical delivery conditions for non-alloy structural steels
  • BS EN 10225:2009 Weldable structural steels for fixed offshore structures. Technical delivery conditions
  • BS EN 1706:2010 Aluminium and aluminium alloys. Castings. Chemical composition and mechanical properties
  • BS EN 573 series. Aluminium and aluminium alloys. Chemical composition and form of wrought products
  • BS EN 755 series. Aluminium and aluminium alloys. Extruded rod/bar, tube and profiles

Pressure vessels

Safety (of toys, domestic appliances, motor tools, AV equipment)

Screws and treaded fasteners (Extensive set of ISO, CEN and British Standards including:)