British Approvals Service for Cables (BASEC) is an independent, non-profit technical organisation which provides certification services to manufacturers of electrical cable in the United Kingdom. Established in 1971 by the UK cable industry and related stakeholders, BASEC is a company limited by guarantee and overseen by an independent board, with day-to-day operations run by the chief executive and staff. BASEC’s business covers various types of cable (including power, control and data cable); the organisation offers quality management, environmental resources management and health-and-safety certification to cable manufacturers. It operates by regularly inspecting factories and regularly testing samples of cable in a prescribed regime. BASEC promotes the value of its mark to buyers and end users. It acts as an authoritative technical reference point, but is not involved with the commercial aspects of the cable industry.