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European Committee for Standardization

Question for Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

UIN HL809, tabled on 27 January 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of Brexit on the UK's membership of the European Committee for Standardization; what discussions they have had with the British Standards Institution on the issue; and what were the outcomes of any such discussions.

Answered on

3 February 2020

The European standards organisations (CEN, CENELEC and ETSI) are not EU bodies and the British Standards Institution (BSI) is independent from government. We are in regular contact with BSI and are supportive of the steps that they, as the UK’s national standards body, are taking to maintain the high level of influence of UK experts in the European standards organisations, as set out in the Memorandum of Understanding between Government and BSI.

BSI have informed the Department of their intention to retain their membership of the European standards organisations in line with the wishes of UK stakeholders.