Impact of the EU referendum
The triggering of Article 50 on 29 March 2017 marked the start of a period during which the UK government will be negotiating the arrangements for its withdrawal from the EU and its future terms of trade with Europe and the rest of the world. Below is an explanation of how this affects the different roles of the National Standards Body:
BSI will continue to develop and publish British Standards. No changes are anticipated to our activity in this area.
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 34 countries in the making and the 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.
During the past months BSI has been working with UK government, CEN, CENELEC and their members, regarding our role in the development of European standards. This work will continue during the negotiation period that now follows the triggering of Article 50.
It is BSI’s ambition, and also its confident expectation, on behalf of UK stakeholders, for the UK to continue to participate in the European standards system as a full member of CEN and CENELEC post-Brexit. Given the private status of these bodies, and thus their independence from the political authorities, BSI’s ambition is not affected by the Prime Minister’s announcement on 17 January 2017 that the Brexit process will include the UK leaving the Single Market.
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BSI membership of the two international standardization organizations, ISO and IEC, will be unaffected by a UK exit from the EU. BSI is committed to representing the UK’s interests in the creation of international standards that support innovation and provide solutions to global challenges.
Composites UK standard activity
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.