BSI Group

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BSI Group
TypeNon-profit distributing incorporated body operating under Royal Charter
Founded1901
Headquarters
London
,
United Kingdom
Number of locations
90 offices in 31 countries [1] [2]
Area served
Worldwide
Productsstandards and standards related services
Revenue£539.3m (2020) [3]
Number of employees
5,237 (2020) [4]
Website bsigroup.com

The British Standards Institution (BSI) is the national standards body of the United Kingdom. BSI produces technical standards on a wide range of products and services and also supplies certification and standards-related services to businesses.

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History

BSI Group headquarters building in Gunnersbury, West London, featuring the BSI Group logo BSI logo on BSI headquarters building 2016.JPG
BSI Group headquarters building in Gunnersbury, West London, featuring the BSI Group logo

BSI was founded as the Engineering Standards Committee in London in 1901. [5] [2] It subsequently extended its standardization work and became the British Engineering Standards Association in 1918, adopting the name British Standards Institution in 1931 after receiving a Royal Charter in 1929. [2] In 1998 a revision of the Charter enabled the organization to diversify and acquire other businesses, and the trading name was changed to BSI Group.

The Group now operates in 195 countries. [6] The core business remains standards and standards related services, although the majority of the Group's revenue comes from management systems assessment and certification work. [7]

In 2021, BSI appointed its first female chief executive officer, Susan Taylor Martin. [8]

Activities

Meeting of the international standards committee for the C++ programming language, hosted at the British Standards Institution in 1997 C++ Standards Committee meeting - July 1997 London - Monday session.jpg
Meeting of the international standards committee for the C++ programming language, hosted at the British Standards Institution in 1997

BSI produces British Standards, and, as the UK's National Standards Body, is also responsible for the UK publication, in English, of international and European standards. BSI is obliged to adopt and publish all European Standards as identical British Standards (prefixed BS EN) and to withdraw pre-existing British Standards that are in conflict. [9] However, it has the option to adopt and publish international standards (prefixed BS ISO or BS IEC).

In response to commercial demands, BSI also produces commissioned standards products such as Publicly Available Specifications, (PASs), Private Standards and Business Information Publications. These products are commissioned by individual organizations and trade associations to meet their needs for standardized specifications, guidelines, codes of practice etc. Because they are not subject to the same consultation and consensus requirements as formal standards, the lead time is shorter.

BSI also publishes standards-related books, CD-ROMs, subscription and web-based products as well as providing training on standards-related issues.

Management systems assessment and certification

BSI representative presenting a standards certification to the International Maritime Organization in 2018 BSI presentation to International Maritime Organization for re-certification of IMO Information Security Management to ISO 27001.jpg
BSI representative presenting a standards certification to the International Maritime Organization in 2018

With 80,000 clients, BSI is one of the world's largest certification bodies. It audits and provides certification to companies worldwide who implement management systems standards. BSI also runs training courses that cover the implementation and auditing requirements of national and international management systems standards.

It is independently accredited [10] and assesses a wide range of standards and other specifications including:

Testing Services and Healthcare

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BSI Group Kitemark certification symbol
Kitemark symbol as seen on an access cover in Newtownards, Northern Ireland Kitemark (British Standards) in "Watt" access cover, Newtownards.jpg
Kitemark symbol as seen on an access cover in Newtownards, Northern Ireland

Within Testing Services, BSI's best known product in the UK is the Kitemark, a registered certification mark first used in 1903. [2] [5] The Kitemark – which is recognized by 82% of UK adults [11] – signifies products or services which have been assessed and tested as meeting the requirements of the related specification or standard within a Kitemark scheme.

BSI also conducts testing of products for a range of certifications, including for CE marking. CE marking must be applied to a wide range of products intended for sale in the European Economic Area. Frequently manufacturers or importers need a third-party certification of their product from an accredited or 'Notified' body. BSI holds Notified Body status for 15 EU Directives, [12] including construction products, marine equipment, pressurised equipment and personal protective equipment.

BSI also conducts testing for manufacturers developing new products and has facilities to test across a wide range of sectors, including construction, fire safety, electrical and electronic and engineering products.

Within Healthcare, BSI provides regulatory and quality management reviews and product certification for medical device manufacturers in Europe, the United States, Australia, Japan, Taiwan, Canada and China. [13] It is the market leader in the US, the world's biggest healthcare market. [14]

Milestones

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BSI EMEA headquarters in Milton Keynes

Acquisitions

Starting in 1998, BSI Group has adopted a policy of international growth through acquisition as follows: [20]

See also

Notes and references

  1. "Fast facts and figures". bsigroup.com. BSI Group. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 "British Standards Institution". ICE.org Institution of Civil Engineers . 2018.
  3. "Annual Report 2020". bsigroup.com. BSI Group. Retrieved 10 November 2021.
  4. "BSI Annual Report 2019" (PDF). BSI Group. Retrieved 10 November 2021.
  5. 1 2 Robert C McWilliam. BSI: The first hundred years. 2001. Thanet Press. London
  6. "BSI Annual Report 2019" (PDF). BSI Group. Retrieved 27 March 2020.
  7. "Annual Report 2018". bsigroup.com. BSI Group. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  8. "BSI announces appointment of new chief executive". bsigroup.com. BSI Group. Retrieved 9 December 2020.
  9. European Committee for Standardization Benefits and Principles Archived 7 August 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  10. "Who's accredited?" (PDF). www.ukas.com. United Kingdom Accreditation Service. Retrieved 18 May 2021.
  11. "Annual Review 2006, page 15" (PDF). Retrieved 3 April 2012.
  12. "BSI Group Annual Report and Financial Statements 2009, page 97" (PDF). Retrieved 3 April 2012.
  13. "BSI Group Annual Report and Financial Statements 2009, page 11" (PDF). Retrieved 3 April 2012.
  14. "BSI Group Annual Report and Financial Statements 2009, page 24" (PDF). Retrieved 3 April 2012.
  15. BSI was founded in 1901
  16. Roland Wenzlhuemer. "The History of Standardisation in Europe". European History Online. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
  17. "Annual Review 2006, page 24" (PDF). Retrieved 3 April 2012.
  18. https://www.bsigroup.com/en-GB/about-bsi/media-centre/press-releases/2004/4/BSI-Brand-Joins-The-Super-League/ BSI Press Release 2004
  19. Superbrand Official Top 500 2012 Archived 14 December 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  20. "History of BSI Group". Bsigroup.com. 22 April 1929. Retrieved 3 April 2012.
  21. "BSI Press Release 22 March 2010". Bsigroup.com. 22 March 2010. Retrieved 3 April 2012.
  22. "BSI strengthens position in Australia with acquisition of NCS International". BSI. 10 May 2013. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
  23. "BSI enters the US consultancy market with EORM acquisition". bsigroup.com. BSI Group. Archived from the original on 28 September 2020. Retrieved 20 September 2019.
  24. "BSI Group Annual Report and Financial Statements 2014, page 59, Post balance sheet events" (PDF). bsigroup.com. Retrieved 5 June 2015.
  25. "BSI expands its environmental consulting and engineering offering with acquisition of Hill Country Environmental Inc". bsigroup.com. BSI. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  26. Weckler, Adrian. "British IT security firm snaps up Espion". The Irish Independent. Independent IE. Retrieved 11 November 2016.
  27. "BSI expands US footprint with Atrium acquisition". cirmagazine.com. Continuity Insurance and Risk. Retrieved 11 November 2016.
  28. "BSI acquires creative environment solutions east coast ehs". bsigroup.com. BSI Group. Retrieved 20 September 2019.
  29. Sims, Brian. "BSI moves to acquire UK cyber security and assurance expert Info-Assure Ltd". risk-uk.com. Risk UK. Retrieved 11 November 2016.
  30. "BSI completes third EHS consulting firm acquisition of 2016 with addition of Quantum Management Group Inc". bsigroup.com. BSI Group. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  31. "Aircert acquisition strengthens BSI certification offer". aircraftinteriorsinternational.com. Aircraft Interiors. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  32. "BSI acquires AppSec Consulting". cirmagazine.com. CIR Magazine. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  33. "BSI strengthens its healthcare business with the acquisition of Q-Audit". bsigroup.com. BSI Group. Retrieved 1 February 2021.

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