BSI governance documents

The development process for British Standards and other standardization products is governed by several key governance and policy documents. The governance documents set out the principles for the development of each type of standard and the principal features of the process by which they are developed. The governance documents and links to the policy documents are given below.

Policy documents

British Standards standardization policies can be found on the Useful Resources page (

Information on the Consumer and Public Interest Network (CPIN) can be found at (


Other resources

Drafting rules

Rules for the structure and drafting of UK standards

Style guide for British Standards 

Style guide for PAS standards

Style guide for BSI Flex standards

Glossary of standardization terms supplementary to BS 0

Glossary of standardization terms

International and European standardization documents

ISO/IEC Directives (

CEN/CENELEC Regulations (

Guides for standards developers

There are a number of free guidance documents published by the international and European standards bodies to help standards developers take account of particular topics in their work, some of which are cited in BS 0.

The full range of free Guides available on topics as diverse as sustainability and child safety can be downloaded here and CEN Guides are available here

Guidance on the development of British Standards of UK origin

Drafting a British Standard – Working with your editorial project manager

Guidance on the development of PAS standards

Guide to participating in the development of a PAS