76th BIS foundation day celebrated in Madurai

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76th BIS foundation day celebrated in Madurai

Recently several initiatives have been launched on the 76th Foundation Day of the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS).

  • BIS was established under the BIS Act 1986. It was entrusted with the work of the Indian Standards Institute (ISI) established in the year 1947.
  • At present BIS functions under the framework of the BIS Act of 2016.

Following initiatives have been taken-

Standards National Action Plan (SNAP) 2022 – 27: It aims to address emerging technologies and concerns related to sustainability and climate change. It will play an important role in taking forward the national standardization efforts.

Revised National Electrical Code of India 2023:

  • It has been prepared by BIS. It issues guidelines for regulating electrical installation practices across the country.
  • India’s first NEC was prepared in the year 1985. It was later revised in the year 2011. The current amendment incorporates the requirement that power schemes be set up in accordance with the latest international best practices. Also, special places like hospitals, community facility centres, hotels etc. have also been included.

Initiation of review proceedings on National Building Code of India (NBC 2016):

  • BIS has initiated the process of revisiting NBC for sustainable urban planning building norms, inclusion of new and sustainable building materials etc.
  • Establishment of Standards Clubs in Schools: Under this, BIS aims to introduce the concepts of quality and standardization to science students of class 9th and above through student centric activities through Standards Clubs.
  • Training courses are being launched for national capacity building for proper implementation of NBC 2016 and NEC 2023.

Some common standards of BIS:

  • BIS Hallmark: Mandatory standard for gold and silver jewellery.
  • ISI Mark: Standard compliance mark for industrial products.
  • Ecomark: Labeling of eco-friendly products |
  • Product Certification Scheme: Applicable to Tangible Products.
  • Foreign Manufacturers Certification Scheme: Under this, foreign applicants/foreign manufacturers are granted license for use of ISI mark.
  • System Certification Scheme: Applicable to systems/processes.

Source – PIB

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