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New Bill to bring in more items under BIS ambit.

THE CABINET approved a new Bill to replace the 29- year- old Bureau of Indian Standards ( BIS) Act on Wednesday with an aim to bring in more products under the mandatory standard regime and end ' inspector raj'. To ensure quality products to consumers, the Bureau of Indian Standards Bill, 2015 proposes to bring in more items under the mandatory system.

Currently, 92 items are under mandatory standards.

" At present, only products and systems come under the ambit of standards. The Bill proposes to include services, besides articles and processes under the standardisation regime" an official statement explained. It will also 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 and security, the statement added.

The mandatory certification will help consumers receive ISI certified products and will also help in prevention of import of sub- standard products.

The Bill also provides 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.

To improve ease of doing business, the Bill proposes to allow multiple types of simplified conformity assessment schemes, including selfcertification and market surveillance, instead of inspectors visiting factories thereby ending the inspector raj on standards. That apart, it also proposes recall of the products, including with ISI marked, but not conforming to relevant Indian Standards.

The Bill also envisages setting up of the BIS as the National Standards Body of India, which will perform its functions through a governing council consisting of a president and other members.

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Date:Jun 18, 2015
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