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GAMBICA tops British Standards table for contributing members

GAMBICA (Association For Instrumentation, Control, Automation & Laboratory Technology) : 15 April, 2013  (Company News)
A report from the business standards orgaqnisation BSI has revealed that GAMBICA has more members contributing to BSI committees than any other trade association. The report, entitled Structuring Knowledge: Standards Development Briefing states that GAMBICA has representation on 100 technical committees and sub committees.
GAMBICA tops British Standards table for contributing members

The report was published by BSI to demonstrate that standards are a crucial part of the way that business delivers value to the economy and to society.

BSI committee members are leading experts who help to create published standards. They come from industry, trade associations, government organisations, professional associations, research institutions, academia, consumer and public interest bodies.

The report not only demonstrates influence over standards in the United Kingdom. In order to influence standards at a European (CEN / CENELEC) and international level (IEC / ISO), work has to be conducted at a national standards working group level through the BSI.

This has been highlighted over the last 12 months by changes in the regulatory landscape in Europe, most notably with the release of the new standardisation regulation, EU No 1025/2012, in October 2012, as well as moves in numerous countries to clarify the referencing of standards in regulation.

“This shows how well GAMBICA is ensuring that it lives up to one of its core principles, namely that our members will be provided with the best possible representation when standards which can dramatically affect their business prospects are being developed both in the UK and Europe,” argues Ron Neiger, president of GAMBICA. “This analysis shows that there is no association which does more for its members’ interests in the standards arena.”

“Advances in standardisation are only possible through the collaborative effort of our valued network of standards experts and stakeholders,” said Shirley Bailey-Wood MBE, director of publishing at BSI. “It is this work that enables us to identify and shape standards that respond to the pressing industrial and societal issues of the day, while delivering real benefits to business, industry and the general public.  Participation in a committee ensures that member’s requirements, understanding of the market and voice is heard and captured into the development of a standard, and we are actively seeking experts to get involved.”

Top 10 trade associations on BSI committees and sub committees as published by the BSI

1 GAMBICA Association 100
2 UK Steel Association 80
3 British Cables Association 70
4 British Plastics Federation 68
5 Safety Assessment Federation 54
6 Energy Networks Association 54
7 Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders 53
8 Intellect 48
9 Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Electrical Appliances 46
10 Engineering Equipment and Materials Users' Association 41

Formed in 1901, BSI (British Standards
Institution) was the world’s first National
Standards Body and a founding member
of the International Organization for
Standardization (ISO). BSI’s influence spans
multiple sectors including aerospace,
construction, energy, engineering, finance,
healthcare, IT and retail.

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