The first, BS EN 50581:2012, is designed to help manufacturers demonstrate that their products meet the applicable substance restrictions, since certain substances are banned from products manufactured in Europe as they are poisonous and cause environmental harm.

BS EN ISO 14644-9:2012 has been developed to help minimize the risk of surface contamination of clean rooms. Traditionally a manufacturer has been able to determine how clean their manufacturing environment is by measuring how many particles are in a given volume of air within the room and using this to demonstrate their cleanliness. Sometimes, however, it is important that the particle contamination on the surface of the product is under control, particularly in ultra clean electronics applications.

Finally, the BSI has also issued a report highlighting the essential role of standards in bringing emerging technologies to market. Currently, a great deal of government investment is being made in order to commercialize emerging technologies such as nanotechnology, synthetic biology and 3D printing, but historically, the UK has been behind other countries such as Germany and the US.

BSI and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) have been working with Dr Eoin O’Sullivan from the University of Cambridge Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) and have published a report examining why this is the case. The report shows that the US and Germany take a more strategic role in standardization in support of their federal R&D investments and are, therefore, more successful in their commercialisation activities. This report, titled “The Role of Standardisation in support of Emerging Technologies,” is now available free to download for the first time here