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Standard is a document that provides agreed solutions to recurring problems. These could be specifications, procedures and guidelines to ensure that products, services and systems are safe, consistent and reliable.

Standards help us in many ways. They can: :

  • » Facilitate trade and commerce
  • » Improve processes and make them more efficient
  • » Guide in consistent functioning and quality
  • » Simplify comparison of products & services
  • » Ensure health and safety
  • » Conserve resources and reduce impact on our environment
  • » Promote technological developments

Standards are developed by technical committees of Standards Developing Organizations, that comprises of stakeholders such as manufacturer, consumer, R&D and scientific institutions, academia, Govt. departments/ Ministries, Regulators and testing laboratories. The nominated experts of such organizations develop standards based on proposals received from any stakeholder following process and practices of good standardization through a process of consensus building aimed at arriving at a common stand point.

As per the BIS Act 2016, standard that is established and published by BIS (the National Standards Body) in relation to any good, process, system or service is an Indian Standard.

Division Councils are created by the Standards Advisory Committee, who decides on its composition in accordance with Rule 19 (2) of BIS Rules 2018. However, any individual/ organization can apply to BIS online for a membership in a Division Council of his interest which would then be considered by the concerned Division Council for co-option; keeping in consideration the balance of representation of various interest groups in the committee and maintaining a workable size of the committees.

Division Councils are created by the Standards Advisory Committee, who decides on its composition in accordance with Rule 19 (2) of BIS Rules 2018. However, any individual/ organization can apply to BIS online for a membership in a Division Council of his interest which would then be considered by the concerned Division Council for co-option; keeping in consideration the balance of representation of various interest groups in the committee and maintaining a workable size of the committees.

Major functions of a Division Council are as follows [Rule 19 (3) of BIS Rules 2018]:
  • » (i) advise on the subject areas to be taken up for formulation ofIndian Standards in their respective areas keeping in view the national needs and priorities;
  • » (ii) approve proposals for work and determine the priority to be assigned to the work;
  • »–(iii) direct the sectional committees concerned to undertake the work of formulation of standards;
  • » (iv) advise on matters relating to research and development needed for the establishment of Indian Standards or their revisions ;
  • » (v) study the work of international organizations and their committees in standards formulation related to the area of work of the Division Council and recommend on the extent and manner of participation in standardization activities at the international level;
  • » (vi) advise on implementation of established standards and promotion of Indian Standards;
  • » (vii) receive and deal with activity reports and to make recommendations thereon to the Governing Council concerning matters in which the decision of the Governing Council is necessary;
  • » (viii) carry out such tasks as may be specifically referred to it by the Governing Council or the Standards Advisory Committee.

A Sectional Committee is constituted by its Division Council for the work of formulation of Indian Standards in specific areas defined in their scope of work. In accordance with Rule 17(2) of BIS Rules 2018, every Sectional Committee shall comprise of representative of various interest such as consumers, regulatory & other Govt. bodies, industry, testing organizations, laboratories or calibration laboratories, scientists, technologists, experts in personal capacity, consumer interests and concerned officers of the Bureau.

Any Organization/ individual (as an expert) can express their interest to become a member of a Sectional Committee for active involvement in standards development by applying to BIS online. The request is then considered by the Sectional Committee for co-opting the organization/ individual expert; keeping in consideration the balance of representation of various interest groups in the committee and maintaining a workable size of the committees.

Membership in Sectional Committees (or in Division Councils) are free of any fees/ charges. Therefore, an organization or individual does not have to pay to become a member of Sectional Committees.< /p>

Any person, being a Ministry of the Central Government, State Government, Union territory administration, consumer organisation, industrial unit, industry-association, professional body, member of the Governing Council, member of a technical committee or any individual who proposes for establishment of an Indian Standard or for amending or for revising or withdrawing an established Indian Standard may submit the proposal to the Bureau in writing for the purpose.

Please submit the proposal in the prescribed Performa.

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  • Cost reduction through standardization
  • Product safety and liability
  • Benefits for the economy as a whole
  • Safety, Health & Environmental Protection
  • Removal of Trade Barriers
  • Trade & Competitive advantage through standards
  • Compatibility & Interchangeability
  • Consumer Protection

All established standards are reviewed periodically, at least once in five years, to determine the need for revision or withdrawal. Standards which in the opinion of the Sectional Committee need no revision or amendment are reaffirmed by the Sectional Committee.

Indian Standards are dynamic in nature and are periodically reviewed by BIS. However in case any stakeholder desires to make any comment on the Indian Standard, the same can be submitted through the prescribed Performa.

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