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Impact of the EU referendum

Following the result of the UK referendum, as far as standards activity and BSI are concerned it is business as usual. However as the political situation develops we will continue to keep you informed on progress on both this page and other communications. Below is how this affects standards policy at National and European level:

National level
BSI will continue to develop and publish British Standards. No changes are anticipated to activity in this area.
European level
BSI maintains the UK membership of the three European standardization organizations: CEN, CENELEC and ETSI.  BSI membership of these organizations continues as normal; it is ‘business as usual’ in all aspects of our standards making and publishing activity.
CEN and CENELEC are private organizations outside the EU coordinating the work of 33 countries in the making and dissemination of European Standards (EN). Membership of CEN and CENELEC is linked to the adoption of European Standards and the withdrawal of conflicting national standards, facilitating market access across the member countries.

Before the referendum BSI produced some guidance to answer some of the questions relating to the effect Brexit could have on standards activity. The document comprises a set of questions and answers concerning voluntary business standards in the European Single Market and the possible impacts of the UK leaving the EU. It explains the European Single Market and the role of standards, detailing the benefits that standards bring to the market and how they interact with European harmonization legislation.

Composites UK standard activity

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Industry membership of standards committees is through your trade association and we support several members in this way on relevant committees to ensure proper representation for the industry:

PRI/42: Fibre reinforced thermosetting plastics and prepregs
Chair position vacant

PRI/21: Testing of plastics
Chair position vacant

EN124: Gully tops and manhole covers for vehicle and pedestrian areas
Andrew Pollard, University of Wolverhampton / Julia McDaid, Cubis Industries

EN1433: Drainage channels for vehicular and pedestrian areas
Chris Rothery, Pipeline and Drainage Systems Ltd

ISO/TC 67/WG10: Materials, equipment and offshore structures for petroleum, petrochemical and natural gas industries
Peter Mellersh, Advanced Insulation Systems Ltd

B/525: UK committee for Structural Eurocodes
James Henderson, Atkins Ltd

To find out how to become involved with a standard relevant to your product contact the office.

UK Standards activity
The UK actively contributes at many stages of the development of international standards within the International Standards Organisation (ISO) and the Comité Européen de Normalisation (CEN). Technical committees are working at most levels, from major installations to material specification and testing. This is occurring at a time when there is a demand for increased testing efficiency with concurrent reductions in the associated cost. For composite materials, there is initially a need to harmonise and then validate the many existing versions of established test methods. In the longer term, research on test methods as supported by the UK Department of Trade and Industry and that undertaken under the VAMAS (Versailles Agreement on Advanced Materials and Standards) international pre-standards programme, should aim to reduce the timescale for standardisation. Validation of test methods, which due to the legal position of CEN standards within the single market is particularly essential, must be considered at an early stage. The UK, through organisations such as the National Physical Laboratory, is taking a major role in research, harmonisation, drafting and validation of international standards.

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