Our Cookies

What is a cookie?

Below are the cookies we use on our website 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 Expires
_GA  2 years
_gat When you close your browser

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 expires
_ATUVC  2 years
_ATUVS 2 years
CFID Persistent
CFTOKEN 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 expires
Aw1001 30 days
Awpv1001 24 hours typically

Cookies are also used in two social sharing features on the website – and The cookies involved here are:

name expires
_staxcionmap When you close your browser
_stamap When you close your browser
_stdlxmap When you close your browser
_stgmap When you close your browser
_stid 1 year
_uset When you close your browser
Bt2  2 years
Di2 2 years
Dt  6 months
Loc 2 years
Uid  2 years
Um 2 years
Uvc  2 years
Vc 2 years

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 2016.