Lok Sabha has passed The Bureau of Indian Standards Bill, 2015 by a voice vote to establish Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS). The bill has proposed to make BIS as the National Standards Body of India and enable the government to bring more products, systems and services under ambit of standardisation.
The bill on standardization was pending for over 30 years and will replace the Bureau of Indian Standards Act, 1986.
Key Points about the Bill:
- The Bill was approved by the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in June 2015.
- The bill will allow the central government to authorize any other agency having necessary accreditation for the purpose of conformity assessment against Indian standards.
- The Bill will allow multiple types of conformity assessment schemes in tune with global best practices.
- The Bureau would be a national body which will formulate, certify and implement certain standards of quality for goods, articles, processes, etc.
- Technical committees of experts will be constituted by the Bureau for the purpose of formulating such standards.
- Food and Consumer Affairs Minister, Ram Vilas Paswan said “it is in national interest and it will help in promoting ‘Make in India’ and ‘Made in India’.”