The question how to strengthen market surveillance is of rising importance in India. In June 2018, the Indian government released the Indian National Strategy for Standardization, which includes the goal to establish an effective market surveillance system. Against this background, the Global Project Quality Infrastructure organised a workshop on market surveillance in New Delhi on 4 December. German and Indian regulators had an in-depth exchange on India’s approach to market surveillance and the established practices in the European Union (EU) and Germany. Besides exchanging information and experiences, further steps on collaboration in the area of market surveillance were discussed and agreed upon. Topics such as common market surveillance processes across sectors and market surveillance of e-commerce and industrial products were identified to be taken up in detail as next steps.
Workshop on Market Surveillance in New Delhi.
Representatives from various Indian ministries such as the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution (MoCAF&PD) and the Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY), the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), as well as German and Indian companies participated in the event. The presentations and discussions mainly focused on what kind of market surveillance systems are required for different industries and what their key features should be. For example, what the market surveillance process for consumer products and industrial products should look like. Mr Anil Bahuguna, Joint Secretary, MoCAF&PD, emphasised that market surveillance is an area, which requires continuous regulatory improvements to keep up with the developments in the markets and the way we are doing business. The fragmented delivery in e-commerce was named as a challenge while new opportunities open up by informing consumers through digital channels about unsafe products. Read more.
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