British Standards Institution (BSI)
The British Standards Institute is now the world's leading standards and quality services organisation. Formed in 1901 and incorporated under Royal Charter in 1929, BSI is the oldest national standards-making body in the world.
Independent of Government, industry and trade associations, the British Standards Institute is a non-profit distributing organisation. The British Standards Institute is globally recognized as an independent and impartial body serving both the private and public sectors. BSI works with manufacturing and service industries, businesses and governments, to facilitate the production of British, European and International standards.
Today the British Standards Institute has a turnover approaching £240 million a year and employs 5,000 people in over 90 countries including the US, Pacific Rim and China. As well as facilitating the writing of British Standards, BSI is one of the world's leading standards authorities representing UK interests across the full scope of European and International standards committees.
TSO and British Standards
The TSO Shop is an official distributor of British Standards, providing you with access to an extensive range of British Standards essential to your business. British Standards are documents, established by consensus, that provide for common and repeated use, rules, guidelines or characteristics for activities or their results.
Almost all types of business have to conform in some aspect with British Standards and every business can benefit from British Standards - from industry giants to sole-traders seeking to maximise competitive advantage.
The use of British Standards is becoming more and more of a prerequisite to worldwide trade. A very large percentage of export is influenced by the European and International Standards business, with all European Union standards automatically adopted as British Standards. Consumers too, value the reassurance of safety and quality that conformity to British Standards brings. In addition, British Standards enable the creation of a safer, healthier workplace and in the case of environmental management; they facilitate progressive steps towards eliminating the harmful effects of industry on the environment.
British Standards cover an enormous spectrum of products, services and processes, from administration to shopping trolleys. Key British Standards available from the TSO Shop include:
- BS EN ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management Systems - Requirements
- BS 7671:2008 IEE Wiring Regulations: Requirements for Electrical Installations
- PD 5500:2009 Specification for Unfired Fusion Welded Pressure Vessels