The Union Cabinet recently gave its approval to introduce a new Bureau of Indian Standards Bill, 2015. The new Bill will provide legislative framework for following new provisions other than the provisions in the existing Bureau of Indian Standards Act, 1986 which is proposed to be repealed:
Important provisions in of the Bill:
- It seeks to establish the Bureau of Indian standards (BIS) as the National Standards Body of India.
- The Bureau will perform its functions through a Governing Council, which will consist of its President and other members.
- It seeks to include goods, services and systems, besides articles and processes under the standardization regime;
- It enables 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;
- It seeks 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”;
- It seeks 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;
- It also seeks to enable the Government to implement mandatory hallmarking of precious metal articles;
- It seeks to repeal the BIS Act, 1986.
- 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 standardization, marking and quality certification of goods and services.