BHTA welcomes continued role for BSI post Brexit

The BHTA (British Healthcare Trades Association) has welcomed confirmation of the ongoing role for BSI (British Standards Institution) by the European Standards Organisations.

The General Assemblies of CEN (the European Committee for Standardization) and CENELEC (the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization) confirmed this week that BSI will have full membership post Brexit.

Interim Director General of the BHTA Andrew Stevenson said, ‘Businesses want to work with the European wide standards system and BSI’s continued membership in CEN and CENELEC has been a critical issue. We are pleased that UK businesses will continue to be able to work with others to help shape and maintain best practice standards across Europe and internationally’.

A statement from BSI following the decision points out that, ‘UK experts will continue as chairs, convenors, committee members and policy experts to work on maintaining and developing the 20,000 European standards that are managed by CEN and CENELEC. Standards users in the UK can continue to be confident that these standards will meet their needs as they will be influenced, as now, by UK stakeholders.

UK membership of CEN and CENELEC provides influence over market access conditions in 33 other European countries. In addition, CEN and CENELEC members play a vital role in the international standards system through ISO and IEC. Influencing international standards is crucial in ensuring the future global competitiveness of the UK.’

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