The Naming of Standards - BS EN ISO vs ISO

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What is the difference between a standard with the title "BS EN ISO ######" and just "ISO ######"?
In shopping for standard ISO18113-2:2011 the "BS EN" version is 3x as much as the regular ISO one. I am looking for it in relation to use in the EU, but is the difference significant enough to pay 3x as much? Thanks!
 
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Re: BS EN ISO vs ISO

BS EN ISO: British Standard / European Standard / International Organization for Standardization in another words the British national version of ISO Standards. In the US it would be ASO/ISO Q (document number) with a document starting with AFNOR being French.

The answer to your question is if you have ISO 9001 or ASQ/ISO Q9001 it is the same as the BS EN ISO 9001. Save your money as you are only getting a document with a British accent (local language).
 

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What is the difference between a standard with the title "BS EN ISO ######" and just "ISO ######"?
In shopping for standard ISO18113-2:2011 the "BS EN" version is 3x as much as the regular ISO one. I am looking for it in relation to use in the EU, but is the difference significant enough to pay 3x as much? Thanks!
If you buy this standard from the Institute for Standardization of Serbia, you pay approximately US$20.
 

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Re: BS EN ISO vs ISO

Hello,

for many standards, EN ISO is not the same as ISO, as the "Z" annexes add specific EU requirements, which you need to comply with for EU conformity assessment. E.g. see ISO vs. EN ISO 13485 or 14971 for medical devices. The third component, like BS for the UK or DIN for Germany, sometimes add national requirements.
 

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The 2 largest international standards organisations are IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) and ISO (International Standards Organisation).

They publish international standards. In the EU these are then ratified by organisations such as CEN (European Committee for Standardization). This creates the EN standard (Europaische Norm). In most cases the only difference is the addition of the Z annexes.

Under EU law all member states have to adopt the EN standard, without any modification. These are published by the national standards bodies, so in the UK the BSi publish BS EN standards. You can become a 'member' of BSi to get standards for a reduced price.

But, as Sidney has identified, there are other outlets that offer reduced prices. I have used Standards Estonia often. These states make their standards available at reduced cost so as to benefit their local industry, but as all national versions of EN standards are identical, it works for me to!
 
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