Standards and Regulations Workshop

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Date: 7 February 2013

Location: The BIS Conference Centre, 1 Victoria Street, London SW1H 0ET

How can standards work alongside policies and regulations?

Dr Scott Steedman, BSI’s Director of Standards, announces this one-day international workshop for senior standards professionals, regulators and government representatives.

The event will have senior-level participation from across the standards and government communities, including Rob Steele, ISO Secretary General.

This invitation-only workshop is free to attend, but places are limited. Please register your interest in receiving an invitation by clicking here.

Co-hosted by BSI and ISO, in association with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, UK.

Standards can be a low-cost solution for local, national and international government bodies to deliver and support policies through a flexible, consensus-based approach with a high degree of market acceptance. At this workshop we will be discussing questions such as:

  • How can standards work alongside regulations?
  • Are standards an effective alternative to regulation?
  • How can governments support delivery of their policies through using standards?
  • How can we build and nurture links between standards bodies and governments?
  • Which examples of best practice already exist worldwide?

Who should attend?

  • Senior business leaders
  • National Standards Bodies (Directors of Standards, officials who work with national authorities)
  • National government officials
  • National regulators
  • Regional government representatives, such as European Commission
  • Trade bodies
  • Consumer and other stakeholder groups
  • Those with an interest in policy and regulation and links to standards

A limited amount of sponsorship is available for national standards bodies from developing countries. Please contact standards.international@bsigroup.com for more information.

Event Agenda - 7 February 2013

08:30 - Registration


09:00 - 09:30 Welcome

Scott Steedman, BSI Director of Standards

Rob Steele, ISO Secretary General


09:30 - 09:45 Keynote opening address

Mr Erik Wijkström, World Trade Organization


09:45 - 11:00 MORNING SESSION: The global landscape – how are standards and regulations used around the world?

Moderator: Mr Kevin McKinley, ISO Deputy Secretary General

Presentations and brief questions and answers with:

  • Ms Silvia Vaccaro, DG Enterprise, European Commission
  • Mr Grigory Elkin, Director General, GOST R, Russian Federation
  • Dr Torsten Bahke, Director, DIN, Germany
  • Dr Mary McKiel, Standards Executive, EPA, USA

11:00 - 11:15 Morning Networking Tea & Coffee break


11:15 - 12:00 Breakout session 1:

Thinking of your own country or business domain, where have standards and regulations worked well together? Where have things worked less well? Why is this, do you believe?


12:00 - 12:30 Report back from table rapporteurs


12:30 - 13:15 Lunch


13:15 -14:30 AFTERNOON SESSION: What is the future for standards and regulations?

Moderator: Mr Kevin McKinley, ISO Deputy Secretary General

Presentations and brief questions and answers with:

  • Mr Piet-Hein Daverveldt, Managing Director, NEN, Netherlands
  • Ms Yu Xinli, Vice Administrator, SAC, China
  • Mrs Eve Gadzikwa, Director General, SAZ, Zimbabwe
  • Mr Richard Parry-Jones, Chairman, Network Rail, UK

14:30 - 15:15 Breakout session 2:

How can we be clear about different characteristics of standards and regulations? How can we maximize the value of standards to work with regulations?


15:15 - 15:45 Report back from table rapporteurs


15:45 - 16:00 Afternoon Networking Tea & Coffee break


16:00 - 17:00 Concluding discussion session:

  • Identify the practical steps that can be taken
  • Agree actions and priorities, next steps
  • Concluding remarks

17:20 - 17:30 Closing remarks


17:30 - 18:30 Networking drinks reception


This is a free event; however spaces are limited so register now to avoid disappointment. Simply complete the form.

Please note: In completing this online registration, you consent to the information you submit being made available to the event organizers so that they may contact you in the future.

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