British Standards Institution (BSI)

Fast facts and figures

  • Established in 1901, BSI was the world’s first national standards body
  • The original BSI committee met for the first time on the day Queen Victoria died – 22 January 1901. One of the first standards it went on to publish was designed to reduce the number of sizes of tramway rails
  • The Health and Safety Executive staff are involved with other organisations in developing British Standards through numerous BSI Technical Committees.
  • BSI’s Kitemark™ has provided reassurance for over 100 years, and a GfK NOP survey of 1,000 UK adults in December 2010 showed that 72% recognize the BSI Kitemark and associate it with safe and reliable products and services. The first Kitemark was awarded to General Electric for Vitreous Enamelled Steel Reflectors for Lighting Fittings
  • Together BSI clients account for 55% of the FTSE 100, 40% of the Fortune 500 and 26% of the Nikkei listed companies
  • BSI is one of the world’s largest independent certification bodies for management systems, with over 99,000 registered sites across the globe
  • In 2013, BSI provided practical training for approximately 88,000 people worldwide on how to implement and operate standards
  • The former UK Department of Trade and Industry (now known as the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) quantified standards as contributing £2.5 billion annually to the UK economy.
  • 92% of the world’s top 25 global medical device manufacturers choose BSI as their notified Body for CE marking certification against the EU directives
  • BSI has been independently voted a UK Business Superbrand every year from 2003 to 2014 and its Kitemark from 2008 to 2014
  • Entropy Software is used at over 20,000 locations and by more than 100,000 users to improve their management systems practices.
  • The quality management systems standard, ISO 9001 – which started life at BSI in 1979 as BS 5750 – is now recognized as the world’s most successful standard having been adopted by more than one million organisations in 178 countries.
  • BSI developed a sustainable events standard (ISO 20121) for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games; the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) was the first of its type to achieve certification.

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