January 2, 2018

India has no regulating mechanism for accreditation of management system certification bodies

In the absence of a regulating mechanism, it is free for all in India.

India has an accreditation board – National Accreditation Board for Certification Bodies (NABCB), under Quality Council of India (QCI) which accredits certification bodies doing certification of various management systems, such as, QMS, EMS, EnMS, ISMS, FSMS rtc. There are many foreign accreditation boards which are also doing accreditation in India similar to NABCB. There is no regulatory body to regulate the activities of these boards.

Bureau of Indian Standards Act, 2016 provides as follows:

9. Powers and functions of Bureau—
(1) The powers and duties as may be assigned to the Bureau under this Act shall be exercised and performed by the Governing Council and, in particular, such powers may include the power to —
(f) recognizing or accrediting any institution in India or outside which is engaged in conformity certification and inspection of any goods, article, process, system or service or of testing laboratories;

QCI is under administrative control of Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) in Ministry of Commerce. BIS is under Department of Consumer Affairs (DOCA) in Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution.

Both DOCA and BIS are in no hurry to create the regulatory mechanism as required under th provisions of BIS Act, 2016.

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