One Nation – One Standard

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One Nation – One Standard

One Nation – One Standard

The Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution has emphasized the need for ‘One Nation, One Standard’ to make India a leader in establishing uniform standards and global benchmarks in the country.


  • The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) is the only national body which sets standards for various products and services, which have provided this, standard to over 20,000 products so far. In addition to this, about 50 other agencies have, so far, formulated about 400 standards.
  • The purpose of this mission is to integrate these standards with BIS. To provide laboratory testing facility of global standard in India, Modern equipment and latest technologies will be used, so that the dependence on other countries to get quality certification can be eliminated.
  • The purpose of establishing and enforcing standards is to ensure the availability of quality products to consumers. It is known that different standards are provided for a single product or service in the country.
  • The Indian government has proposed setting Indian standards in line with the global benchmark similar to other countries to apply their standards to imported products. Through this, foreign goods will have to follow Indian standards for entry into the Indian market. Having a ‘uniform national standard’ will help make it mandatory for more and more products.

Bureau of Indian Standards:

  • Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) is the National Standard Body of India. BIS is responsible for the harmonious development of the activities of standardization, marking and quality certification of goods and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto. The Bureau of Indian Standards Act, 2016, has been implemented since 12 October 2017.
  • BIS has its Headquarters at New Delhi. It has 5 Regional Offices (ROs) located at Kolkata (Eastern), Chennai (Southern), Mumbai (Western), Chandigarh (Northern) and Delhi (Central).
  • The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) is body of national standards in India, functioning under the aegis of the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution. It has been established under the Bureau of Indian Standards Act, 1986.
  • Formerly this organization was the Indian Standards Institute (ISI), which was established in September 1946, under the proposal of the Department of Industries and Supplies. ISI Was registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860.
  • Apart from this, this institution is also responsible for controlling and organizing incidental or additional cases related to the above subjects.

Source – PIB


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