The Special Standards Conclave organised by the Indian Department of Commerce (DoC) and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) took place on 8th and 9th of February 2019 in Mumbai. After last year’s launch of the Indian National Strategy for Standardization (INSS), government officials and experts used this year’s forum to discuss its implementation. A National Action Plan for the implementation of the INSS is planned to be released in the next months.
Special Standards Conclave in Mumbai (8-9 February 2019)
Secretary Mr Anup Wadhawan from the DoC emphasised the importance of standards and technical regulations for achieving policy objectives such as safety, health, performance, and quality of products and services. He underlined that regulations equally apply to imported and domestically manufactured products – and shall thereby also support the advancement of the Indian industry. Mr Wadhawan identified the role clarity of different Indian organisations as a key future step for the development of India’s quality infrastructure system.
The conclave reiterated India’s goal to increase the number of technical regulations which is lower than in other countries. Indian government officials announced that new technical regulations, such as mandatory conformity assessment requirements, would be introduced during the next months. It was emphasised that the choice of sectors and the schemes shall follow a risk-based approach, for example using self-certification for low-risk products. To read the full article, click here.
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