SOUTH ASIAN REGIONAL STANDARDS ORGANIZATION (SARSO)
SARSO is a Specialized Body of SAARC, established to achieve and enhance coordination and cooperation among SAARC member states in the fields of standardization and conformity assessment and is aimed to develop harmonized Standards for the region to facilitate intra-regional trade and to have access in the global market. The National Standards Bodies of the SAARC member states are the members of SARSO. BIS represents Indian in SARSO.
The structure of SARSO comprises of:
- Governing Board – The highest authority of SARSO and vested with all powers relating to its functioning. The Heads of the SARSO member state NSBs are its members. India holds the Chair of SARSO Governing Board for the term 2016-18.
- Technical Management Board (TMB) – Is the apex body responsible for planning, coordinating and monitoring all the technical work of SARSO. It comprises of technical experts representing each of the NSBs of the member states.
- Board of Conformity Assessment – The body responsible for planning, coordinating and monitoring all conformity assessment work of SARSO. With representation form each of the NSBs of the members states.
- Sectoral Technical Committees – The work on development of regional standards is carried out in six sectoral technical committees:
- Food & Agriculture Products
- Jute, Textiles & Leather
- Building Materials
- Chemical and Chemical Products
- Electrical, Electronics and IT
- Conformity Assessment
Since inception, BIS has been playing a leading role in the matters of SARSO and is actively involved in the development of a number of SAARC standards. India holds the Chairmanship of the STCs on Food & Agricultural Products and Jute, Textiles and Leather. So far SARSO has developed 11 SAARC Standards.
For further details on SARSO please click www.sarso.bd