12.9 C
New Delhi
Tuesday 21 January 2020

ISI mark to gain stature

New Delhi — The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi today gave its approval to introduce a new Bureau of Indian Standards Bill, 2015. The new Bill will provide legislative framework for the following new provisions other than the provisions in the existing Bureau of Indian Standards Act, 1986 which is proposed to be repealed.

  1. To establish the Bureau of Indian standards (BIS) as the National Standards Body of India;
  2. The Bureau to perform its functions through a Governing Council, which will consist of its President and other members;
  3. To include goods, services and systems, besides articles and processes under the standardization regime;
  4. To enable the Government to bring under the mandatory certification regime such article, process or service which it considers necessary from the point of view of health, safety, environment, prevention of deceptive practices, security etc. This will help consumers receive ISI certified products and will also help in prevention of import of sub-standard products;
  5. To allow multiple types of simplified conformity assessment schemes including Self Declaration Of Conformity (SDOC) against any standard which will give multiple simplified options to manufacturers to adhere to standards and get a certificate of conformity, thus improving the “ease of doing business”;
  6. To enable the Central Government to appoint any authority, in addition to the Bureau of Indian Standards, to verify the conformity of products and services to a standard and issue certificate of conformity;
  7. To enable the Government to implement mandatory hallmarking of precious metal articles;
  8. To strengthen penal provisions for better and effective compliance and enable compounding of offences for violations;
  9. To provide recall, including product liability of products bearing the Standard Mark, but not conforming to relevant Indian Standards; and
  10. Repeal of the BIS Act, 1986.

Consequential amendments will be made subsequently in the rules and regulations to ensure implementation of the new Bill.

The proposed provisions in the new Bureau of Indian Standards Bill, 2015 will empower the central government and the Bureau of Indian Standards to promote a culture of quality of products and services through mandatory/voluntary compliance with Indian standards through the process of ‘product certification’ and ‘Certificate of Conformity’ with a broad objective of consumer’s welfare. It is also expected to improve enforcement of Indian standards.

The proposed provisions will also promote harmonious development of the activities of standardisation, marking and quality certification of goods and services, to provide for compulsory hallmarking of precious metal articles, widening the scope of conformity assessment, to enhance penalties, to make offences compoundable and to simplify certain provisions in the Act.

Previous articleKolkata gets DRDO branch
Next articleEverybody’s Yoga

Stay on top - Get daily news in your email inbox

Sirf Views

Pandits: 30 Years Since Being Ripped Apart

Pandits say, and rightly so, that their return to Kashmir cannot be pushed without ensuring a homeland for the Islam-ravaged community for conservation of their culture

Fear-Mongering In The Times Of CAA

No one lived in this country with so much fear before,” asserted a friend while dealing with India's newly amended citizenship...

CAA: Never Let A Good Crisis Go To Waste

So said Winston Churchill, a lesson for sure for Prime Miniter Narendra Modi who will use the opposition's calumny over CAA to his advantage

Archbishop Of Bangalore Spreading Canards About CAA

The letter of Archbishop Peter Machado to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, published in The Indian Express, is ridden with factual inaccuracies

Sabarimala: Why Even 7 Judges Weren’t Deemed Enough

For an answer, the reader will have to go through a history of cases similar to the Sabarimala dispute heard in the Supreme Court

Related Stories

Leave a Reply

For fearless journalism

%d bloggers like this: