To know what Govt is doing to regulate accreditation and certification activities in India, I used RTI route to get the information from Department of Policy and Promotion (DIPP), Ministry of Commerce. DIPP transferred my RTI application to Quality Council of India (QCI). See what I found from QCI:
a) Question – Has Govt. constituted or has any plans for constituting regulatory authority for regulating the activities of accreditation and certification of management systems in India?
Answer – As per our knowledge, the Govt. of India has not constituted regulatory authority for regulating the activities of accreditation and certification of management systems in India. Regarding Govt. plans to constitute regulatory authority for the same, the information is not available qith QCI or its constituent boards.
b) Question – Has Govt. formed any policy that allows or does not allow more than one accreditation board in Indiafor a particular accreditation, such as accreditation of quality management system certification or testing and calibration laboratory management system accreditation?
Answer – No, QCI or its constituent boards is not aware of any such Govt. policy.
All this is very disappointing. DIPP, a part of the Govt. avoids providing the information and transfer RTI application to QCI which is not a part of Govt. QCI provides the information but it cannot be treated as Govt. policy on the issue.
If the information provided by QCI is treated as right then a very important activity is being carried out in India without any regulatory mechanism. A large number of foreign Accreditation Boards are operating in India, nobody knows under which law of the of the land and under whose permission. Their earnings are huge. Nobody knows whether they are paying any applicable taxes including income tax.