On UK leaving European Union- BSI, the National Policy Standards Body

Hello there!

A lot has been heard with UK leaving EU, Brexit affecting all the people, and much more. Coming to the BSI and their claims: BSI is the British Standards Institution, and it’s a national standards team which is operating in the UK. They have been entrusted with the work of setting technical standards for various state matters and is also capable of issuing certificates.

Recently, BSI broadcasted a message to all the people regarding the effects of Brexit on Policy Standards at all levels. We will quickly brief you up about it.

On UK leaving European Union- BSI, the National Policy Standards Body

There are three levels in total – National level, European Level, and finally the International Level.

UK BSI

  • National Level

There won’t be many changes in the BSI functioning at the National level. They will continue to make laws, and publish them as the British Standards. Therefore, no changes in this section.

  • European Level

Okay, coming to the next European level – BSI is going to continue with the 3 European Standardisation Organisation, and they are CENELEC, CEN, and ETSI. It’s going to be ‘business as usual’ activity keeping all the National Standards Bodies in check in all aspects. Aspects include making and publishing the standards.

Both CENELEC and CEN are private organizations which are working outside the EU and they are coordinating the works of 34 countries at the same time. Also, BSI has the ambition that all the UK stakeholders participate in the undertakings of both the mentioned organizations post the Brexit.

  • International Level

The membership also remains unchanged with the two major International Organisations ISO and IEC. Also, BSI mentions that they are committed to keep the UK interests in check and build solutions to tackle all the global challenges that come up.

The major thing that has to be considered in all the laws and controls is that there shouldn’t be a big effect on the UK economy after it leaves the EU. This can only be taken care of if the parties and people remain united together and follow the standards sincerely.

Common FAQs related to the Made in USA Standards

It’s the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) who is in charge of taking care of deceptive and unfair market practices. In the FTC Act, the Commission gets the power to take strict actions against a U.S product making false or misleading claims.

According to the recent updates, FTC requires that any product which is advertised as the USA made should be all or virtually all made in the USA. The FTC even issued an Enforcement Policy guidelines for the marketers to better understand on how to make qualified and non-qualified Made in USA claims using the ‘all or virtually all’ rule.

USA Standards

Common FAQs related to the Made in USA Standards

Still, it’s common to have doubts, and that’s why I thought to compile a few of the common faqs that people generally ask regarding the Made in USA standards. They are as follows:

What are the basic requirements for getting the Made in USA label?

All the label and claiming authorities are undertaken by the FTC (Federal Trade Commission). As per FTC rules, any product which claims to be USA-made or Made in America should have their domestic origins that remain consistent with the decision and orders by FTC.

Also, the products which fall in the ‘all or virtually all’ category can claim for an unqualified ‘Made in USA’ but provided that the owner should be able to substantiate the unqualified claim too.

Is it compulsory to get the Made in USA label for all USA-made products?

Well, if the goods are not of foreign origin, then there is no need of mentioning the country of origin. Also, FTC does not require the county of origin except for textile, automobile, and wool products.

What does ‘all or virtually all’ mean?

All or virtually all means, the product which has got all its significant parts and the processing carried out in the US while only a negligible amount of work is done in the foreign place. A lot of factors are considered before a product is granted this standard.

Some of the factors like where are the final processes carried out, and when is the foreign origin element added – is it in the beginning or towards the end?

How can I substantiate my claim?

You should have reliable evidence which supports your claim, both for qualified as well as unqualified Made in USA claims. Also, if you are the manufacturer then you should keep a check on the supply and can ask for the evidence for the supplier’s goods.

Hope this brief FAQ set cleared some of the FTC and Made in USA Concepts for you. You can get the revised policy from the right authorities and understand the terms in depth.