Successful campaign for BSI committee members

Soldering & Surface Mount Technology

ISSN: 0954-0911

Article publication date: 11 April 2008



(2008), "Successful campaign for BSI committee members", Soldering & Surface Mount Technology, Vol. 20 No. 2.



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Successful campaign for BSI committee members

Article Type: Industry news From: Soldering & Surface Mount Technology, Volume 20, Issue 2.

The UK standards effort has been woefully undermanned recently and a campaign organised by BSI Committee Chairman Dr Chris Hunt (NPL) urging more participation has proved successful. However, even more members would be welcome.

BSI supports industry by providing the IEC standards infrastructure and provides a forum where standards written elsewhere can be discussed. Standards do not just appear but are written by those dedicated to improving industry. There is nothing mysterious about this process, anyone with a good technical argument can contribute and make a difference.

Although the committee is back up to strength there are still a few vacancies to fill, if anyone feels that standards could be improved, they would be welcome to get involved. Especially, useful is the ability to comment on international standards to help improve them in line with your industry practice.

The technical areas that are of particular interest are:

  • environmental, endurance and reliability testing;

  • printed boards and printed board assemblies design and use;

  • test methods for electrical materials, interconnection structures and assemblies;

  • specifications for attachment materials and PCBs (rigid and flex); and

  • workmanship standards.

The required commitment

Attendance at standards meetings, two to three times a year, at BSI headquarters, Chiswick, and the BSI committee for electronics processing, called EPL/501.

The committee also communicates electronically, in particular when draft documents are under discussions at IEC and or CENELEC (European) level to ensure UK reach consensus. As members, UK experts are also encouraged to attend international meetings and, limited funding can be made available to assist attendance.

For more information please contact: Dr Chris Hunt, Tel.:+0208 943 7027, e-mail:

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