Independent testers ‘at risk’

Independent testing and research companies look set to lose out from the shake-out in the UK market, and have fears about the move by BSI to expand commercial testing and inspection. Brian Blunden, president of the Association of Independent Research and Technology Organisations, claimed that the BSI’s standard setting credibility could be compromised. ‘The DTI […]

Independent testing and research companies look set to lose out from the shake-out in the UK market, and have fears about the move by BSI to expand commercial testing and inspection.

Brian Blunden, president of the Association of Independent Research and Technology Organisations, claimed that the BSI’s standard setting credibility could be compromised.

‘The DTI has looked at both standards setting and competition and is satisfied with our proposals,’ said a BSI spokesman.

Seventy per cent of the BSI’s £100m annual income already comes from commercial activities, mainly systems assessment.