The Bureau of Indian Standards Bill, 2015 has passed by Lok Sabha [ Current Affairs ]
To establish Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) Lok Sabha has passed The Bureau of Indian Standards Bill, 2015 by a voice vote. The Bill substitutes the Bureau of Indian Standards Act, 1986 and by launching the BIS as a national standard body it will help in development of standardization and assessment and quality assurance of goods, articles, services, processes and systems.
- The Bill will permit Union Government to make it compulsory to carry the standard mark for certain notified goods, articles, processes, etc… and also try to expand range of BIS.
Noticeable features of The Bureau of Indian Standards Bill, 2015
Establishment of the BIS:
- The Bureau is standardized format which will certify and implement certain standards of quality for goods, articles, processes, etc.
- For formulating standards the Bureau will established technical committees.
- For the general superintendence, management and direction of the Bureau leading Council of BIS would be responsible.
Certification of goods, articles, services etc. :
- BIS would be Licensing Authority.
- For the quality standards BIS may issue a license or certificate to the item that conform quality standard decided by the Bureau.
- Bureau will launch and maintain testing laboratories for quality assurance and conformity assessment of goods, articles, services, etc.
Certification of precious metals:
- A hallmark will be used to ensure quality of prized metal like gold, silver, platinum and palladium or their mixtures and it also indicate Indian Standard.
- And these hallmarked valuable metals (articles) will be sold in certified outlets.
Required certification of certain goods:
- Union government are authorizes to report certain goods, processes, articles etc. which will compulsorily need to carry a standard mark.
These goods will be notified on the basis of
(i) Public interest or protection of human, animal or plant health
(ii) Prevention of unfair trade practices
(iii) Safety of the ecology and environment
(iv) National security.
Recall of goods, services, articles etc. :
- This will allow the Bureau to recall a good or article which is already sale and it will done only if good or article does conform to the particular standard.
- It would be compulsory to fine up to five lakh if any one use the Indian standard mark in wrong way.
For this approved penalties are
(i) Improper use of the standard mark by marking and testing centers
(ii) Manufacturing or selling goods and articles not carrying a standard mark which has been mandated to do so.
Offences by companies:
- The persons who is in charge of company will be said to be guilty if any company commits an offence under the Bill, even if the offence was committed without their permission, knowledge or involvement.
- The Director General (DG) of the BIS will grant a certificate or license of conformity or compounding of offences.
- Additionally the Union government has authority to permit an application against the order of DG.
- Published on: December 4, 2015