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Indian Government proposes changes in BIS to ensure product quality, withdrawal of substandard goods

Jul 22, 2014

The Narendra Modi government has proposed a sweeping change in ensuring product quality and that substandard goods are compulsorily withdrawn. Items that are defective will be subject to mandatory recall and, in return, the government will end the inspector raj on standards. Service providers such as doctors, restaurants, railways will also have to follow certain standards to ensure service quality as part of this shift.

The proposed change will allow the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) to evolve as a National Standards Body for goods and services with emphasis on self-certification and market surveillance instead of inspectors visiting factories. "It is very important to harmonise standards with those practices internationally... We have to move in that line," a senior government official told ET. Towards this end, the government is planning far-reaching amendments to the Bureau of Indian Standards Act that will give it more teeth to ensure quality products reach consumers, the official said.

The proposed changes will bring more products under mandatory standards and allow the new avatar of BIS to order recalls if they fail to meet prescribed quality standards.

The ministry of consumer affairs is also proposing steep penalties and a provision The Narendra Modi government has proposed a sweeping change in ensuring product quality and that substandard goods are compulsorily withdrawn. Items that are defective will be subject to mandatory recall and, in return, the government will end the inspector raj on standards. Service providers such as doctors, restaurants, railways will also have to follow certain standards to ensure service quality as part of this shift.

The proposed change will allow the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) to evolve as a National Standards Body for goods and services with emphasis on self-certification and market surveillance instead of inspectors visiting factories. "It is very important to harmonise standards with those practices internationally... We have to move in that line," a senior government official told ET. Towards this end, the government is planning far-reaching amendments to the Bureau of Indian Standards Act that will give it more teeth to ensure quality products reach consumers, the official said.

The proposed changes will bring more products under mandatory standards and allow the new avatar of BIS to order recalls if they fail to meet prescribed quality standards.

The ministry of consumer affairs is also proposing steep penalties and a provision The Narendra Modi government has proposed a sweeping change in ensuring product quality and that substandard goods are compulsorily withdrawn. Items that are defective will be subject to mandatory recall and, in return, the government will end the inspector raj on standards. Service providers such as doctors, restaurants, railways will also have to follow certain standards to ensure service quality as part of this shift.

News source : www.economictimes.com 

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