The agency believes BSI, the UK-based standards assessment and certification body, has put too high a price tag on BS8901 and warns that smaller organisations will be deterred from ordering a copy.
Seventeen Events managing director Andrew Williams said: I think the amount of money BSI is charging for the standard is out of synch with current economic conditions. At £138 plus VAT, many smaller organisations will be put off buying BS8901, especially when many will already have paid for the earlier version, which has now been withdrawn.
I think it would be a gesture of goodwill if BSI was to offer some kind of discount, at least to companies that have already purchased BS8901.
However, Williams broadly welcomed the new draft. The revised standard is easier to read and gives greater guidance to event organisers, venues and suppliers on how to gain compliance with BS8901, he said. While the standard has been simplified, it has not been watered down and requires participants to show a genuine commitment to sustainable development.