Standards for food

The world population is growing rapidly and many food products repeatedly cross national boundaries to meet our rising demand for food. International standards help to address this challenge in a safe and sustainable way. They provide guidance and best practice in food production methods and testing to promote safety, quality and efficiency across the entire food industry.

Standards are powerful tools that can help drive innovation and increase productivity. They can make organizations more successful and people’s everyday lives easier, safer and healthier. They’re based on the collective wisdom and experience of people with expertise in their field and know the needs of the organizations they represent. This often includes manufacturers, sellers, buyers, customers, trade associations, users and regulators.

Learn more about food processing standards.

Learn more about agricultural standards

How standards can help food professionals

Whether you want to buy a copy of a standard, get involved in the process of making and shaping standards, or simply keep up-to-date with changes in standards BSI has a range of services that can help food sector professionals drive innovation and increase productivity.

Buy food standards at the BSI Shop

BSI provides a range of standards covering the demands of the food industry, from farm to fork.

Access the Primary Production section of BSI Shop

Access the Food and Drink section of BSI Shop

Standards subscription services

Need to access multiple standards on a regular basis? British Standards Online (BSOL) is the online standards database that makes using standards easier and more cost-effective. 

Access over 5,000 current British, European and adopted international food industry standards

Shape standards

We work with 10,000 committee members who help us shape best practice codes and standards. There are many ways to get involved in shaping standards.

Find out more about how to get involved

Standards in development

Want to stay up to date with the progress of standards that affect you and your industry?

View and comment on proposals for new standards

Develop a Publicly Available Specification (PAS)

If you’re looking to innovate and develop a standard that fulfils an immediate market need, then work with us and sponsor the development of a PAS. 

Find out more about developing a PAS