Standards Development


One of the main aims of the Association is to create, raise and maintain standards in the fluid power industry.  Our technical committees play a key role in framing worldwide best practice through the development of national, European and international standards.

We hold the External Secretariat on behalf of the British Standards Institution (BSI), the UK’s National Standards Body and maintain a database of circa 500 fluid power standards covered by the technical committees.


Our ten technical committees, under the remit of the BSI MCE/18, are BFPA members who are experts in their particular field.  They work tirelessly – and voluntarily – on behalf of all our members, using their expertise to benefit the industry.
Working together, they have helped frame European legislation designed to harmonise and raise standards, safety and professionalism.

BFPA/Technical and Standards Policy Committee

BSI Panel MCE/18 – Chairman: Jerry Hughes, Jemlyn Limited

BFPA/TC 1 Accumulators

BSI Panel MCE/18/-/1 – Chairman: Graham Miller, Parker Hannifin Manufacturing Limited

BFPA/TC 3 Cylinders

BSI Panel MCE/18/-/3 – Chairman: Colin Gibson, SMC Limited

BFPA/TC 4 Connectors and Associated Components

BSI Panel MCE/18/-/4 – Chairman: Jerry Hughes, Jemlyn Limited

BFPA/TC 5 Control Components

BSI Panel MCE/18/-/5 – Chairman: Richard Driver, SMC Pneumatics (UK) Limited

BFPA/TC 6 Contamination Control

BSI Panel MCE/18/-/6 – Chairman: TBC

BFPA/TC 7 Fluid Seals and their Housings

BSI Committee MCE/11 – Chairman: Dr Nick Peppiatt

BFPA/TC 8 Product Testing

BSI Panel MCE/18/-/8 – Chairman: Mark Fairhurst, BHR Group

BFPA/TC 9 Systems

BSI Panel MCE/18/-/9 – Chairman: Stan Saunders, Bosch Rexroth Limited

BFPA/TC 16 Hydraulic Fluids

BSI Panel MCE/18/-/16 – Chairman: Dr. Neal Milne, LANXESS Solutions UK Limited

Click here to see the BFPA Technical Committees’ Organogram 

Join us

Our committees are open to all members. Why not take part and harness your own expertise on behalf of the industry?

  • Influence what is happening to your technology and your industry
  • Ensure that Regulation is created only with input from industry experts
  • Join in stimulating and intellectual debate in a non-commercial environment
  • Time commitment of only two to three meetings per year
  • Full administrative support provided by the BFPA
  • Help give UK engineering a vice in the international arena

To find out more about becoming a committee member, please contact us.

BSI Standards

The BFPA are a BSI distributor for all BSI standards.  BFPA members benefit from a 20% discount on the purchase of any BSI standard acquired through the Association.

Library of Standards

Click here to see our definitive list of fluid power standards that identifies the 500 or so standards.

Technical Enquiries

The Standards Project Manager, Yvonne Pearman, having worked for the Association for 16 years, has a wealth of knowledge and access to the BFPA technical experts as well BFPA Consultants to help with enquiries concerning European Directives, hydraulic and pneumatic queries etcetera.

For ease of reference, please send any enquiries via email to with as much detail as possible to aide a quick response.