BS 8848 British Standard
BS 8848 is the British Standard for organising and managing visits, fieldwork, expeditions, and adventurous activities outside the UK.
The RGS-IBG was on the BSI technical committee that first drafted the standard in 2007, and has recently been involved in its revision. The revised standard was published in April 2014.
What is BS 8848 for?
The standard aims to reduce risk from injury or illness and provides those that comply with the standard with a way of being able to demonstrate that they are following good practice to manage the venture safely.
BS 8848 specifies operational requirements for organisers of adventurous and educational activities abroad including university and academic fieldwork, gap year experiences, adventure holidays, charity challenges and research expeditions.
Download the BSI Consumer guide to BS 8848 to learn more about what the British Standard and check if a venture you (or your children) are hoping to take part in is likely to be following safe practice.
The new standard is available to purchase or to view a copy of BS 8848:2014, contact your local public or university library.
Upcoming compliance workshops
The next BS 8848 Compliance workshop will be held on Tuesday 14 April 2015 at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), London.
Bespoke compliance workshops can also be arranged on request please contact Geography Outdoors.