§ (i) The Government recognises BSI as the United Kingdom member of ISO (International Organisation for Standardisation), IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission), CEN (European Committee for Standardisation) and CENELEC (European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardisation). In the electro-technical field, this recognition extends to the British Electrotechnical Committee which forms an integral part of BSI as the Electrotechnical Council of the Institution.
§ (ii) The Government will support BSI's efforts to achieve international harmonisation of standards through these international and European standards organisations, international agreements and other arrangements in the interests of British industry and trade.
§ (iii) The Government will keep BSI informed of any intergovernmental discussions concerned with standards or associated technical regulations, unless there are reasons of confidentiality for not doing so. It will invite BSI where appropriate to participate in such discussions especially those which may lead to intergovernmental agreements concerning standards and will take fully into account BSI's views on the best means of implementing such agreements. This applies with particular regard to the European Community and its programme for the elimination of technical barriers to trade.
§ (iv) Taking into account obligations arising from adopted directives of the European Community, BSI will promote the development of European standards based as far as possible upon wider international agreements and in a form suitable for reference in Article 100 directives. In matters affecting existing or proposed legislation of the United Kingdom or the European Communities, BSI, after consulting interested parties, will seek to ensure that the position taken by United Kingdom delegations in European standards committees will be consistent with the view taken by the Government after its own consultations and communicated to BSI from time to time.