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Bureau of Indian standards (BIS) Act 2016

  • 17 Jul 2019
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The Bureau of Indian standards (BIS) Act 2016 establishes the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) as the National Standards Body of India.

Bureau of Indian Standards Act

  • BIS Act allows multiple types of simplified conformity assessment schemes including self-declaration of conformity.
  • BIS act provides enabling provisions for making hallmarking of precious metal articles mandatory.
  • The Act enables the Central Government to appoint any authority/agency, in addition to the BIS, to verify the conformity of products and services with the established standard and  issue certificate of conformity.
  • There is a provision for repair or recall, of the products (bearing Standard Mark) that do not conform to the relevant Indian Standard.
  • New areas identified in standardization are:
    • Alternate fuels
    • E-mobility
    • Medical Devices
    • Smart Cities
    • Digital Technologies (e.g. Industry 4.0, Artificial Intelligence, Block Chain etc.)
    • New and Renewable energy.

Important initiatives for effective implementation of the BIS Act, 2016 are

  • BIS (Hallmarking) Regulations, 2018 under the BIS act calls for Hallmarking of:
    • Gold jewellery and gold artefacts
    • Silver jewellery and silver artefacts
  • Penal provisions for better and effective compliance have been made stringent under BIS (Hallmarking) Regulations, 2018.

Bureau of Indian Standards

  • BIS is the National Standard Body of India for the harmonious development of the activities of standardization, marking and quality certification of goods.
  • BIS has been providing traceability and tangibility benefits to the national economy in a number of ways by:
  • Providing safe reliable quality goods.
  • Minimizing health hazards to consumers.
  • Promoting exports and imports substitute.
  • Control over proliferation of varieties etc through standardization, certification and testing.
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