Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) completes 75 glorious years

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Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) completes 75 glorious years

Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) is the national standards body of India established under the Bureau of Indian Standards Act, 1986. It discharges the functions of the Indian Standard Institute (ISI) established earlier.

BIS has been set up for harmonized development of standardization, marking and quality certification activities of goods and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

It functions under the aegis of the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution.

Importance of BIS

  • Standardization: BIS follows internationally accepted best standardized practices to provide safe, reliable and high quality products to the consumers.
  • Certification: Under this, the self-stamping rights of the BIS standard mark (ISI mark) are granted to the manufacturer of a particular product.

BIS also operates various Management System Certification Schemes.

  • Hall Marking: BIS does hallmarking of gold, silver jewellery, gold bullion etc. It provides assurance to the consumers on the purity or excellence of gold jewelery in the form of third parties.
  • Laboratory Services: BIS has established eight laboratories in the country. These are intended to meet the testing requirement of samples generated from conformity assessment schemes.

BIS has also introduced Laboratory Accreditation Scheme for providing accreditation to outside laboratories.

BIS Agenda for the next 25 years

  • Acting as a facilitator, not a ‘barrier’.
  • Developing as a global organization, learning from global experiences and integrating global standards.
  • To work on the analysis of related deficiencies to assess the laboratory validation needs of the country. Also, to establish high quality modern laboratories all over India.
  • To revolutionize the quality or standard through one nation one standard.

Source – The Hindu

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