Our Cookies

What is a Cookie?

Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information which are downloaded to your device (phone, laptop or tablet) when you visit a website. Data is then sent back to the originating website on each subsequent visit, or to another website that recognises that cookie.

Cookies do lots of different jobs, like letting you navigate between pages efficiently, remembering your preferences, and generally improving the user experience. They can also help to ensure that adverts you see online are more relevant to you and your interests and they can measure how many people visit the Website, when and how. They cannot identify you personally.

You can find more information about cookies and learn how to manage them yourself at: www.allaboutcookies.org.

How do we Use Them?

The list below shows what cookies we use on our website, why and how long they are programmed to stay on your device for.

Cookies for Improving Service
We use Google Analytics to help us measure how many people visit the site and what they are interested in. The information helps us tailor the site better to your requirements.

The cookies involved in this are:

Name Content Expires
_utma Randomly generated number to help measure unique v new visitors 2 years
_utmb Randomly generated number that measures how long you are on the site for 30 minutes
_utmc Randomly generated number that works in conjunction with _utmb When you close your browser
_utmz Randomly generated number that provides information on how the site was reached (e.g. direct, via a link, paid search etc.) 6 months


For further information on cookies used by Google Analytics refer to the Google Code Website.

Cookies for Your Current Visit
These cookies all help us manage your preferences, e.g. text size, shopping basket contents etc.

Name Content Expires
CFID Randomly generated number that provides transaction support Persistent
CFTOKEN Randomly generated number that provides transaction support Persistent


Third Party Cookies

Whilst our site does not feature any advertising you should be aware that if you buy a British Standard via our BSI Affiliation Scheme third party cookies will be set by Affiliate Window who administer the scheme.

The cookies they use are:

Name Content Expires
aw1001 Set when you click on one of the links and used to let Affiliate Window know the website from which you came After 30 days
awpv1001 Set when you see an ad and used to let the advertiser and us know where you were when you saw it After 24 hours typically


We are continually working to improve our website and your experiences using it. To that extent we sometimes need to update this policy so please make sure you regularly check this page for any amends.

This policy was last updated in May 2012